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Will Prop 8 Decision Impact Initiative Process In California?

Evening Edition

Aired 6/27/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Dan Eaton, Attorney, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Thad Kousser, Political Science Professor, UC San Diego

Transcript

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on California's Proposition 8 will by default make same-sex marriage legal again in California.

But it was the way the court decided the case that has implications beyond the issue of gay marriage.

Some political activists are looking at the issue of legal standing as something that has the potential to undermine voter-approved initiatives in California. If the state's top legal officials choose not to defend state laws, who can?

Today, we'll discuss this legal and political dilemma.

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