22 February 2012

Why Prop 8 won't go to SCOTUS any time soon

The homophobic backers of California's Proposition 8 - the 2008 ballot initiative which outlawed same-sex marriage in that state - have made a move that may keep the measure from heading to the U.S. Supreme Court any time soon.

Disappointed that the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals recently upheld a lower court ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, Prop 8 backers are asking that same court to reconsider that ruling with an 11-judge panel. (The previous ruling was made by a 3-judge panel.) According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, "[a] majority of the 9th Circuit's 25 full-time judges must vote to rehear the case with an 11-judge panel, a procedure known as 'en banc' review."

In the meantime, same-sex marriages remain on hold in California. I guess the homophobes figure that if they can't successfully outlaw same-sex marriage in that state, they can at least stall it for as long as possible.

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