Calif. Supreme Court to issue ruling on Prop 8 on Tuesday

The long-anticipated ruling on Prop 8 will be issued on Tuesday. Of course, this won’t put the issue to rest for either side, but it will be another step in the path.

The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. (Strauss v. Horton, S168047; Tyler v. State of California, S168066; City and County of San Francisco v. Horton, S168078.) Tuesday at 10 a.m., the opinion will be available on the California Courts Web site at this link.


  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on May 22, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Last night, Rachel Maddow seemed to think that court-watchers predict the justices will issue an opinion that upholds the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage. I hope the experts are wrong.

  2. #2 by Becky on May 22, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    I have read that some are predicting that too because of the tone of the questioning by the justices. I, too, hope they are wrong. But as I said, it’s not the end of the battle. Not by a long shot.

  3. #3 by Federal Farmer on May 22, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    On the discussion of “rights,” I know one which is actually articulated in the California Constitution. It is the right for the people of the state to take their own legislative action. Unfortunately, it seems that many Americans would rathert relinquish that and similar rights, and grant the power to decide to a small group of un-elected judges.

    How wonderful! We can just leave our rights in the hands of a small body of lawyers instead of determining them ourselves!

    If either side achieves its objective at the Supreme Court level, I think it’s safe to say it will be much more difficult to change… it will no longer be just “another step.”

  4. #4 by Becky on May 22, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    But, Fed, what if a group of people decided to take away your right to, say, practice your religion? They couldn’t do it because the U.S. Constitution protects that right. We are assured that constitutional rights may not be usurped by laws passed by the states. I believe the issue here is one of basic constitutional rights.

  5. #5 by Uncle Rico on May 23, 2009 - 8:24 am

    Fed- How is recognition of the Judiciary and its function, as a co-equal branch of government and as a check and balance on the Legislative and Executive branches of government, all as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, a relinquishment of rights by the American public? Why is it that when the Judiciary renders a decision that the right disagrees with, it attacks the whole tripartite form of government? Isn’t the appointment (as oppposed to the election) of federal court judges the system put into place when this country was first formed? And are not Federal Court judges appointed and confirmed by representatives popularly elected by the people? Not trying to be snarky, just trying to understand the viewpoint.

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