June 05, 2012

Court Rejects Prop. 8 Appeal

The Ninth Circuit Court declined to review the February ruling that struck down California’s Proposition 8 amendment banning same-sex marriage. Because the case is being put on hold for 90 days it won’t likely be heard before the Supreme Court until the new term, starting October 1. The SCOTUS blog relays Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s dissenting opinion:
“[The majority has now] declared that animus must have been the only conceivable motivation for a sovereign state to have remained committed to a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia … Even worse, we have overruled the will of seven million California Proposition 8 voters … We should not have so roundly trumped California’s democratic process without at least discussing this unparalleled decision as an en banc court.”