SCOTUS and Marriage Equality — Will It Punt Today on Taking the Prop 8 Case? (w/UPDATE)

By: Friday November 30, 2012 11:42 am

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear the Proposition 8 Case (Hollingsworth v. Perry [formerly Perry v. Brown]). When Prop 8 passed in California in 2008, it halted the legal right of gay couples to marry in the state. It has been overturned in state and federal courts and now is before SCOTUS. Should it grant review the case, the Justices will go on to consider whether Prop 8 violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Many experts think the court will punt.


FDL Movie Night and Membership Party: Watch “8″ and Help Welcome New Members!

By: Monday March 5, 2012 5:00 pm

Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 -based on the trial transcripts of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case which pitted marriage equality against its conservative foes, is one of the most important works of modern theater. A federal appeals court refused to allow the release of the trial videotapes because the trial judge, Vaughn Walker, had promised the pro-Prop 8 defendants that the videos would only be used by the court. 8 shows the arguments that justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, the testimony on marriage history from expert witnesses, and the arguments used to justify the ban on marriage equality.

Breaking: Ninth Circuit Court Declares California Prop 8 Unconstitutional

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 10:09 am

The Ninth Circuit Court just held, 2-1, that California’s imfamous anti-gay Prop 8 was unconstitutional. “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

Hottie-Infused “8″ LA Production Announced

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 6:10 pm

The cast for the West Coast one-night production of Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ has been announced, and it’s rather hottie-intense.

Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Christine Lahti to Do Special Performance of Dustin Lance Black’s “8″

By: Monday August 22, 2011 2:45 pm

Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 covering the Proposition 8 hearings starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, Cheyenne Jackson, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Marisa Tomei hits Broadway on September 19 in a one-time staged reading at the Eugene O’Neil Theater to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Tickets start at $500.

Ninth Circuit Punts On Perry Prop 8; Certifies Standing To California

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 2:30 pm

We have unexpectedly quick news out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Perry v. Schwarzenegger Proposition 8 marriage equality appeal. As you will recall, the case is in the 9th on appeal from the three week long evidentiary trial in the Northern District of California last January in front of Judge Vaughn Walker with closing arguments made on June 16 (summary of EW live coverage here) and Judge Walker’s opinion finding such marriage discrimination unconstitutional was issued on August 4th.
The current appeal had oral argument less than a month ago, on Monday December 6th.

Now we have the surprisingly fast first decision, if you can call it a “decision”. It is really a disguised punt.

Breaking: Judge Walker Denies Prop 8 Motion, Stays Decision till 8/18

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 12:53 pm

Judge Walker has made his decision on the motion to stay his judgment in the Proposition 8 case.

The Stay Issue in the Perry Prop 8 Case

By: Saturday August 7, 2010 10:00 am

Judge Walker set an accelerated schedule for consideration of DI’s Motion For Stay in California’s Proposition 8 ban on marriage decision. The real defendant, the State of California, has already filed opposition to the stay, through the Attorney General, the Governor and the City of San Francisco.

Court Overturns Prop 8: Joy for Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 3:10 pm

The decision from Judge Vaughn Walker is in and the hatred and discrimination of California’s Proposition 8 has been overturned and declared unconstitutional.

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