Thursday, March 5, 2009

Live Coverage: The CA Supreme Court Considers Proposition 8

Later today, the California Supreme Court will hold a hearing to consider a legal challenge to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that rolled back marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state.

As yesterday's Los Angeles Times noted, today's hearings may include a strong indication of how the court will ultimately rule.

"The California Supreme Court may reveal Thursday whether it intends to uphold Proposition 8, and if so, whether an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages will remain valid, during a high-stakes televised session that has sparked plans for demonstrations throughout the state," the paper reported on Wednesday, adding that, "By now, the court already has drafted a decision on the case, with an author and at least three other justices willing to sign it. Oral arguments sometimes result in changes to the draft, but rarely do they change the majority position."

"It is one of the most important cases in the history of the California Supreme Court," Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, told the Times. "The core tenet of our constitutional democracy is that fundamental rights of historically disadvantaged minorities are not dependent on the whim of the majority."

The court will hear oral arguments in the case beginning at 9am PT today (noon on the east coast), and PFLAGers can watch live, via The California Channel, by clicking here.

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