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 stateâ€™s high court in the matter.
Proposition 8 is a 2008 voter initiative to amend the state constitution to say â€śonly marriage between a man and a womanâ€ť 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.
â€śThe Court rescued the initiative process from being fundamentally undermined,â€ť said Harold Johnson, an attorney with the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case....