Wednesday, 01 August 2012 22:18

Californian Gay Marriage Opponents Asked Supreme Court To Hear Proposition 8

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Opponents to gay marriage in California have asked the Supreme Court to hear Proposition 8.

We knew that opponents were going to appeal, it is thus without surprise that we hear this news.

"The Supreme Court has long held that the freedom to marry is one of the most fundamental rights—if not the most fundamental right—of all Americans," said opponents' lead David Boies. 

"As we have said from the very beginning of this case, the denial of that fundamental right seriously harms gay and lesbian Americans and the children they are raising.  Today’s petition presents the Justices with the chance to affirm our Constitution’s central promises of liberty, equality, and human dignity."

So now, there are two possibilities:

  • If the court decides to hear proposition 8, the court will decide to overturn or not the ban of marriage equality in California.
  • If the court decides to not hear the case, then this is the June ruling which will take effect.

On June 5th, 2012, the Ninth Circuit held:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.  The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."

The Ninth Circuit requested for an eleven-judge panel to rehear the case, known as rehearing en banc.