Tag: U.S. Supreme Court
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The U.S. Supreme Court today halted a massive sexual discrimination class action lawsuit against Walmart, reversing a Ninth Circuit decision. The suit involved 1.5 million female employees, but the original plaintiff is Betty Dukes, who worked at a Pittsburg Walmart and filed against the company back in 2000. From Daniel Fisher’s Full Disclosure blog on […]
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there. The court ruled unanimously that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cannot proceed as a class action, reversing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The lawsuit […]
Update May 25 More photos from a law firm involved in the case. Update 3:16 p.m. From California Watch, a look at how the state might meet the order to drastically decrease its prison population. Original post KQED’s Joshua Johnson sat down with Scott Shafer, who covers criminal justice issues for us, to discuss today’s […]
Supreme Court: California’s prison overcrowding is ‘serious constitutional violation’ (McClatchy Newspapers) A closely divided Supreme Court on Monday cited “serious constitutional violations” in California’s overcrowded prisons and ordered the state to abide by aggressive plans to fix the problem. In a decision closely watched by other states, the court by a 5-4 margin concluded the […]