Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Has the CA Supreme Court Already Made Its Decision on Prop 8?

Even before hearing the oral arguments?

According to the LA Times story, there's a strong chance that the answer is yes.

"Reporting from San Francisco -- 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.

"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. The ruling is due in 90 days."

However, instead of 90 days, the court may announce its decision tomorrow, March 5th, the day of the hearings.

"Most legal analysts expect that the court will garner enough votes to uphold existing marriages but not enough to overturn Proposition 8. The dissenters in May's 4-3 marriage ruling said the decision should be left to the voters."

Read the rest of the story and hear both sides of the issue at the LA Times website.

Not going to be able to make it to the big event viewings of the argument? You can still watch the hearings, scheduled to be shown live from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 5th, on the California Channel, available to cable customers. (A list of local channel numbers for this service is available at The California Channel)

Don't live in California? The hearing also will be streamed live on

1 comment:

  1. It's horrible that liberties are hanging on the line with these justices but I hope they do what is right.