Lawyers ask Supreme Court not to review Prop 8 decision

Lawyers in Prop 8 case request Supreme Court to leave decision alone that struck down California's anti-gay marriage law

Lawyers ask Supreme Court not to review Prop 8 decision
25 August 2012

The lawyers in the Proposition 8 case have requested the Supreme Court not to review the decision that found California’s ban against same sex marriages unconstitutional.

Attorneys Ted Olson, David Boies and others, representing the clients in Perry v. Brown, asked the high court to let the 9th Circuit decision on Prop 8 to stand.

In early June the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear a three-judge panel decision that ruled the western US state’s  ban on gay marriage, Prop 8, was  unconstitutional. As reported by Buzzfeed, at the the end of last month anti-gay marriage advocates requested the Supreme Court, the final judicial destination for constitutional questions, to take the case and uphold the law.

If the court accepts the reasoning of Olson and Boies gay couples, in the most populous state, will regain the right to marry, a privilege they briefly held in 2008 before Prop 8 was passed by voters.

When the three-judge panel wrote its original ruling it noted the ban ‘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 Supreme Court will announce its findings by October.



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