Update on the Lawsuits to Invalidate Prop 8

This article from the Los Angeles Times gives a good explanation of the legal challenges to Proposition 8. Basically, the argument is that Proposition 8 “substantially altered” the California Constitution, so it should have been a constitutional revision, not a constitutional amendment. Sounds like a stretch to me, but remember, this will be heard by the same judges who threw out Prop 22.

The law and Prop 8

So, who’s defending the Proposition? Believe it or not, Attorney General Jerry Brown! (Yes, the same Jerry Brown who reworded the ballot description to say that Proposition 8 would “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”) But don’t fear! It looks like he’ll have help from Protect Marriage, the Campaign for California Families and Liberty Counsel. See this San Francisco Chronicle article for more info:

Groups Step Up for Prop 8

When will all this be decided? Supreme Court spokesman Lynn Holton says the court will act “as quickly as possible”, some say as early as this week. To stay up to date, you can visit the California Supreme Court website here


5 comments so far

  1. Michael Ejercito on

    Is there a brief history of what changes initiative amendments have wrought on California?

  2. […] passed, protecting Marriage Between and Man and a Woman.  The Gay and Lesbian group immediately has sued to invalidate Prop 8 (in depth coverage […]

  3. californiacrusader on


    Are you interested in all amendments or those relating to the topic of marriage? For a review of some notable California propositions, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_California_ballot_propositions This Wikipedia page gives a general overview of some of the biggies, including Prop 13, Prop 98, and Prop 187.

  4. beetlebabee on

    Gay Activists are using donor lists to target individuals who donated to prop 8. This guy already lost his job this morning. We have to stand up and help support these people who are being persecuted for their personal beliefs in their employment. People need to know what’s going on.

    Who is next? Where is the image of love and tolerance now?


  5. Chad Makaio Zichterman on

    Thinking or believing something is a personal belief.

    Making a campaign contribution is NOT.

    Anyone who felt strongly enough to donate money to the successful campaign against gay rights is fair game for holding that position and acting publicly upon it.

    You don’t get a free pass for your public political actions. When you enter the public arena, you don’t get to claim “Free Speech” as a defense of political expenditures and then use the cowardly copout of crying “it’s my personal belief!” when faced with consequences of your public actions.

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