Court Rules Proposition 8 Supporters Can Defend Marriage
In a victory for supporters of traditional marriage, the California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that proponents of Proposition 8 have the right to defend it in federal court. The ruling came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit queried the state‚Äôs high court in the matter.
Proposition 8 is a 2008 voter initiative to amend the state constitution to say ‚Äúonly marriage between a man and a woman‚ÄĚ is legally valid in California, essentially banning same-sex marriage.
District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional in the summer of 2010. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to defend the amendment in court.
‚ÄúThe Court rescued the initiative process from being fundamentally undermined,‚ÄĚ said Harold Johnson, an attorney with the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case....