Category Archives: Appeals Court

Asked and Answered: No!

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  Without comment, the State Supreme Court is rejecting a request by attorneys fighting Prop. 8 to speed up its timeline for deciding a key legal question. When the Supreme Court agreed last month to answer the 9th Circuit Court of … Continue reading »


A.G. to Court: Allow Gay Marriages Now

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay on Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8 last year. In unusually emotional language for a state’s “top cop,” Harris’s court filing … Continue reading »


Prop 8 Opponents to Court: Hurry Up!

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    In some ways the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the biggest federal barrier to equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It prevents same sex couples who get married in states where it’s legal from getting federal rights bestowed … Continue reading »


A Legal Leg to Stand On?

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   The California Supreme Court voted 7-0 Wednesday to answer a question put to them by the federal court considering the constitutionality of Prop. 8: “Does state law give the official proponents of an initiative the legal authority to defend the … Continue reading »


All for one and one for all

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Tuesday’s unanimous federal Appeals Court order asking the State Supreme Court for clarification on the question of legal standing accomplishes several things. First, it delays by months, perhaps years, a final legal decision on the Prop. 8 question at the … Continue reading »


Appeals Court Punts to Buy Time

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   The panel of three federal judges considering the merits of Prop. 8 issued a flurry of orders Tuesday, including one that could delay for some time resolution of the fundamental constitutional questions. It all centers around the issue of legal … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Appeal: Now It's Up to the Judges

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KQED’s Scott Shafer was at the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to cover today’s Proposition 8 arguments. I asked him for his 15-word impression. “Momentous. Historic. I couldn’t help but think of Brown v. Board of Education”–the 1954 … Continue reading »


Proposition 8 Appeals Hearing: Live Blog

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12:45 p.m.: Cooper closes with one last reminder that Colorado Amendment 2, struck down by Romer (1996) is fundamentally different from Proposition 8. Amendment 2 was much more sweeping. The hearing is adjourned. 12:44 p.m.: Cooper: Loving fundamentally different from … Continue reading »


Proposition 8 in the 9th: Pre-Hearing Edition

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Today’s the day the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco hears an appeal of last August’s federal court decision overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. Here are a few readings to get us up to … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Appeal Hearings Live on KQED Radio and KQED.org

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Beginning at 10am PST tomorrow (Monday, December 6) we’ll be presenting special, live coverage of the oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If you’re in the Bay Area, tune in to KQED 88.5 for live, anchored … Continue reading »