CA Supreme Court Takes Up Prop 8 Standing Question


And there's good news out of the California Supreme Court: It has agreed to take up the question of whether ballot initiative proponents have standing under California law to speak for the initiative.

As I told the press, “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 States Supreme Court.”