Big News Day

Unfortunately, I’ll  be out of commission most of it.

President Obama has chosen Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring David Souter.  She’s been on the bench since 1992, and the White House notes that she has more judicial experience than any currently serving Justice had at the time of nomination.  I’m sure that won’t stop some right-wingers from claiming she’s an affirmative action nominee.

The California Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on Proposition 8 around noon Central time today.  Deeky at Shakesville notes that the Court is likely to uphold the marriage ban but confirm the legality of the marriages that took place before it passed, and he says the opinion will be posted here.

I’ll be checking in later.  Have at it in comments.

3 Responses to “Big News Day”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Since I haven’t been keeping up with all the Prop 8 stuff, give me a quick refresher why this went to the CSC when the people voted on it? I thought the people “spoke”?

  2. Kathy says:

    Jonathan, I’m not up on all the legal issues, but my understanding of the challenge is this: it questioned whether Prop 8 was actually an amendment to the California constitution (which can be done through the initiative process) or a revision that changed the basic underpinnings of the constitution (which would require a 2/3 majority in the legislature before it went to the ballot — or a constitutional convention). So the question before the court (or at least one of the questions) was whether Prop 8 was legally passed.

    The California Supreme Court had already ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage violated the state constitution prior to Prop 8, and the court upheld the validity of the marriages that took place between that ruling and the passage of Prop 8 (the opinion is here in PDF).

    I expect the people will be speaking again on this issue in the near future, and the result is likely to be different.

  3. Jonathan says:

    That’s exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Kathy!

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