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No Prop. 8, DOMA Supreme Court Decisions Today — Next Possibility is Monday

June 13, 2013 | 6:55 am

No Prop. 8, DOMA Supreme Court Decisions Today — Next Possibility is Monday

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Update Jun 17: And the wait continues… Update: Per SCOTUSblog, four opinions are in, none of them one of the same-sex marriage cases. That’s it for today — the court has recessed until Monday, when we’ll be back here again on Prop. 8/DOMA watch. (The court did issue a significant ruling on gene patenting, with […]

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No Prop 8 or DOMA Decisions From Supreme Court Today

June 10, 2013 | 6:21 am

No Prop 8 or DOMA Decisions From Supreme Court Today

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Update Thursday Jun 13: We’re again monitoring the possibility today that the court will issue its rulings on Prop 8 and/or DOMA. See that post here. Update: Per SCOTUSblog, three opinions have been issued, none of which are Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) or United States v. Windsor (DOMA). That’s it for today. There’s a […]

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The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

March 25, 2013 | 2:00 pm

The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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When Theodore Boutrous, Jr. hopped on the phone the other day from Washington, he was giddy. “We just got a unanimous ruling at the Supreme Court!” He was referring to the 9-0 decision on behalf of his client, an insurance company fighting a class action case.

I asked Boutrous, who goes by “Ted”, how many times he’s argued in front of the Supreme Court. “Twice, “ he said.  “And I’ve got 18 votes!” When I suggested he should retire while he has a perfect record, he emailed back “It’s tempting!”

File photo. Theodore Boutros, Media attorney speaks at a press conference after the Michael Jackson's pre-trial hearing on June 25, 2004. (Joshua Gates Weisberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Since the start of the Prop. 8 debate in federal court four years ago, Boutrous has been overshadowed by his high profile colleague, attorney Theodore Olson. Both are partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Boutrous in the Los Angeles office, Olson in D.C.) and have worked together for nearly 30 years. Olson is renowned in legal circles as a leading conservative, which makes his pairing with David Boies (whom he faced on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore case in 2000) so interesting.

Boutrous  may not get the “ink” they get, but he’s been an integral part of the legal strategy against Prop. 8.

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March 25, 2013 | 11:00 am

Prop. 8 Co-Author: Striking Down Prop. 8 Would Be Judicial Activism

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Andy Pugno, a co-author of Proposition 8 and general counsel at ProtectMarriage.com, is part of the legal team defending the same-sex marriage ban at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

Pugno discusses with KQED’s Scott Shafer the major themes of their legal argument as well as what changing public opinion means for the case.

Even though prominent Republicans, Fortune 500 companies and the public is becoming more accepting of same-sex marriage, Pugno said he thinks it will not have much of an effect on the justices.

“I think the justices are accustomed to avoiding being sucked into a political debate,” Pugno said. “I think they’ll be mindful of their limited role as judges to interpret existing law, not to make new law.”

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March 25, 2013 | 10:10 am

Same-Sex Marriage: 5 Possible Outcomes From the Supreme Court Hearings

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To us non lawyers it looks pretty simple: either gay people can legally marry each other or they can’t.

But as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on California’s Proposition 8, the justices will weigh multiple options. Some decisions would settle the question throughout the country for the foreseeable future. Some could leave it dangling for years to come.

The high court will hear arguments on the case on Tuesday, with a decision expected in June.

To start with, the court isn’t just taking on Prop. 8, the California constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage. It’s also tackling the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that denies federal benefits of marriage to  same-sex couples. The court will hear arguments on the DOMA on Wednesday. And the two decisions are intertwined.

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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

March 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

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In California’s June 2000 primary, 61 percent of the electorate voted “yes” on Proposition 22, a measure that amended state law to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized ” in the state. The state Supreme Court overturned the law in 2008 as discriminatory, opening the way for same-sex couples to get legally married in the state. About 18,000 gay and lesbian couples took advantage of the chance to tie the knot.

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But the door that had been opened to same-sex couples slammed shut in November 2008, when voters passed Proposition 8. The measure, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Gay-marriage advocates immediately filed challenges with the California Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case, and in May 2009, the court upheld Prop. 8, another blow against same-sex marriage.

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Will There be Same-Sex Marriage in California Next Month?

September 13, 2012 | 11:19 pm

Will There be Same-Sex Marriage in California Next Month?

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By Scott Shafer The U.S. Supreme Court could decide by September 25 whether it will review this year’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down California’s Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. On that day, the justices will announce which cases got the necessary four votes to “grant cert,” meaning get a full […]

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Supreme Court Says First Amendment Protects Lies About Military Medals

June 28, 2012 | 9:56 am

Supreme Court Says First Amendment Protects Lies About Military Medals

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In other Supreme Court news today, the Supreme Court has struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The court voted 6-3 Thursday in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who […]

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LAO Publishes Status Report, Recommendations on Prison Overcrowding

August 5, 2011 | 3:21 pm

LAO Publishes Status Report, Recommendations on Prison Overcrowding

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The Legislative Analyst Office has released its recommendations for how California can comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s May ruling requiring the state to “reduce overcrowding in its prisons to 137.5 percent of its ‘design capacity’ within two years.” The top-level bullet points from the executive summary are: Encourage the administration to request additional time […]

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Interview: Leland Yee After SCOTUS Throws Out His Violent Video Game Ban

June 27, 2011 | 1:39 pm

Interview: Leland Yee After SCOTUS Throws Out His Violent Video Game Ban

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The Supreme Court today nullified a California law that would restrict access for minors to violent video games. AP report below. KQED’s Joshua Johnson talked to local State Sen. Leland Yee, the author of the bill, after the ruling came down. Yee said he was disappointed but would review the decision to look for a […]

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