Prop 8 Unconstitutional (again)

A 3-judge panel from the 9th District Court of Appeals released a 2-1 opinion today confirming that stripping the rights of same-sex Californians to marry was unconstitutional.

The Beginning of the End

This afternoon marked the final hearings in the flurry of appeals related to the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case. A decision on the constitutionality of California’s one man-one woman marriage definition could be issued at any time, whenever the three-judge appellate panel is ready to sign off on the decision. Court watchers are hoping for an […]

Standing on the corner, outside the fire

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals folks have been busy today.  Let’s examine what they’ve done:

Appealing Appeal

Well, that was interesting.  Let the analysis and commentary and discussion begin.  If you haven’t had a chance to view or listen to or read about what went on in San Francisco today, check the links out first. It will probably take some time for the rulings.  Even though they heard both arguments today, they […]

…and (he’s) a Mormon?

Hi.  My name is N. Randy Smith and I’m a judge appointed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush.  I, along with two of my colleagues (liberal Stephen Reinhardt and moderate Michael Daly Hawkins) am going to hear the appeal of the “Prop 8 Case” on December 6th.  And I’m […]

In Re Prop 8: Perry v Schwarzenegger

Brad Carmack is in his last year of the JD/MPA program at BYU. He majored in Biology, performed clerk assignments for Justice Joel Horton of the Idaho Supreme Court, and is currently a teacher’s assistant for Human Resources Law and Bioethics. Brad also regularly participates in USGA [Understanding Same Gender Attraction], an unsponsored BYU student […]

Prop 8 Overturned

Here’s the judgment Prop 8 Ruling FINAL

Making a Federal Case Out of It

So, there’s this little trial going on in San Francisco’s Federal Court house this week. Justice Vaughn Walker is hearing arguments as to whether one of the latest provisions in California’s constitution – the one enacted by Proposition 8 – infringes upon the federal rights of gays and lesbians who wish to marry. Hearings began […]

SLC Council – No discrimation here

Salt Lake City’s Mayor and City Council are considering a couple of ordinances which would ban discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinances in question would both ban discrimination and provide a mechanism whereby individuals may file grievance claims. An LDS Church spokesman, Michael Otterson, spoke in favor […]

And the verdict is –

California’s courts have spoken in a 185-page 6-1 decision, and it is time for all of us to acknowledge the weighty matters our Supreme Court justices deal with on a regular basis. The work they do is hugely important to each and every California resident, and early analysis of this decision indicates that, although Californians […]