CA hi court to rule on Prop 8 on Tuesday
The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue it’s long-awaited ruling on the validity of Prop 8 next Tuesday. Karen Ocamb reports from West Hollywood.
The California high court ended weeks of anxious waiting on Friday, with the announcement on its website that it will issue its ruling at 10 ayem Pacific time next Tuesday – following the long Memorial Day holiday.
The court will rule on three issues:
One – Is Proposition 8 invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than an amendment to, the California Constitution?
Two – Does Proposition 8 violate the separation of powers doctrine under the California Constitution?
And three – If Proposition 8 is not unconstitutional, what is its effect, if any, on the marriages of same-sex couples performed before the adoption of Proposition 8?
More than 18,000 same sex marriages will be affected.
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights - one of the plantiffs in the case – said, “Any ruling that upholds Prop 8 will be a terrible blow to the thousands of LGBT Californians who have the same hopes and dreams for their families as others.”
A new organization called Day of Decision has already helped organize communities throughout California and the nation with either rallies or protests – depending on the court’s decision. That information can be found on http://www.dayofdecision.org.
The following Saturday, another massive rally called Meet in the Middle is planned for Fresno, California.