Saturday, May 23, 2009
California The State Supreme Court says it will issue a ruling Tuesday on three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. That’s the voter approved constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages.
The long-awaited ruling is expected to get national attention.
Last November, voters narrowly approved Prop 8. That happened only a few months after the State Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages could be performed. More than 18,000 gay couples exchanged their vows in the state.
In a recent interview with State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, I asked how the appeal was going. “The deliberations, are they spirited,” I asked? “Oh, yes,” replied Moreno. “They’re always spirited.” “Thank you, sir,” I said. “Thank you,” said Moreno.
The court has to decide if Prop 8 was put on the ballot properly. The Justices also are expected to decide whether same-sex marriages performed before the measure was passed will be allowed to stand.