NOM Statement on Recent Prop 8 Developments


The National Organization for Marriage praised the decision of the California Supreme Court to consider whether the proponents of Proposition 8 have legal standing to appeal the decision of federal district judge Vaughn Walker invalidating Prop 8. Brian Brown, NOM’s president said:

“This decision is welcome news for all supporters of traditional marriage including the more than 7 million California voters who supported Proposition 8 and voted to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In accepting the case, the California Supreme Court has established a clear pathway for the decision of voters to finally be respected.

We have no doubt that the state Supreme Court will find that the proponents of Prop 8 have the right to defend the initiative. After all, this Court has already allowed these very proponents to defend Prop 8 in state court proceedings. We’re confident the Supreme Court will find that the proponents of Prop 8 can also defend the initiative in federal court, especially because then Attorney General Jerry Brown abandoned his oath of office and refused to defend the people’s decision to enact the initiative.

This is a very positive development that will lead to a ruling on the constitutionality of the initiative in federal court, and the eventual upholding of the initiative in the United Stated Supreme Court.”