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State Supreme Court to rule on Prop. 8 standing

The California Supreme Court has just announced it will file a written opinion at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 17, in Perry v. Brown, the same-sex marriage case.

The case involves whether an initiative measure’s official proponents have standing to defend that measure’s constitutionality when the public officials charged with that duty decline to do so. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – which is considering the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that amended the state constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman – had asked the state Supreme Court to rule on this particular issue; the court heard oral arguments on it Sept. 6 in San Francisco.

The ruling will be publicly available online.

UPDATE @ 12:37 P.M. THURSDAY: Read the full story on today’s ruling here, and read the ruling itself here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    The court has ruled UNANIMOUSLY that the backers of Prop 8 have the constitutional right to defend it in court.

    As an aside what gives the governor and the AG the right to decide not to defend a vote of the people? See also Prop 187

  • John W

    Google “outside the beltway.com” “presidential decisions not to defend the constitutionality of Federal law.”

    In some cases mentioned, the executive branch didn’t just decline to defend the law in question. They actually argued that the law was unconstitutional. The governor and AG didn’t go that far in the case of Prop. 8, but they could have, given their belief that Prop. 8 is indeed unconstitutional. If you want Prop. 8 defended, you should be glad the gov and AG declined. Their heart wouldn’t be in it. But, by not defending it, the cleared the way for the Prop. 8 fan club to defend the law to their hearts content.

    I’m sure there are plenty of examples at the state level in various states, in addition to the Federal cases described by outsidethebeltway.com.