"In the end, of course, it will boil down to the nine Justices and, as the world knows, most likely the contest will be decided by just one: Anthony Kennedy, an enigmatic, 76-year-old Republican from Sacramento."
The Obama Administration files an amicus "friend of the court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 law that bans marriage equality in the Golden State. Read it here.
The brief argues that if a voter initiative can deny gay people access to traditional representative democratic processes, then in the state of California, any other small, historically disadvantaged minority group can also be denied the right to representation.
"What Prop 8 did was to add a subsection to the California Constitution's equal protection clause, amending it to specifically exclude lesbians and gay men from the state's equality guarantee when it comes to marriage."
Administration officials say the Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), an openly gay Asian American from Riverside County, has send this letter to President Barack Obama to encourage him to submit an amicus brief to support marriage equality in the Proposition 8 case that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up on March 26.
More than 60 U.S. corporations — including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley — have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.