Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Love Supreme?

The helicopters are flying again. And that doesn't mean it's an X-Files episode, but overhead visuals are needed by the news crews down at San Francisco's Civic Center, where a vigil for gay marriage justice is taking place.

There also events taking place in Los Angeles and in other California cities.

According to the LA Times:

The California Supreme Court may reveal Thursday whether it intends to uphold Proposition 8, and if so, whether an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages will remain valid, during a high-stakes televised session that has sparked plans for demonstrations throughout the state. By now, the court already has drafted a decision on the case, with an author and at least three other justices willing to sign it. Oral arguments sometimes result in changes to the draft, but rarely do they change the majority position. The ruling is due in 90 days.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George, who wrote the historic May 15, 2008, decision that gave same-sex couples the right to marry, will be the one to watch during the hearing because he is often in the majority and usually writes the rulings in the most controversial cases. Most legal analysts expect that the court will garner enough votes to uphold existing marriages but not enough to overturn Proposition 8. The dissenters in May's 4-3 marriage ruling said the decision should be left to the voters.

It doesn't look good, and a long road ahead for activists, lawyers, and No on 8 campaign failures.

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