From Mercury News:

In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge’s 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional.

It was a 5-4 decision, usual suspects.

Reminder: Who is on the Supreme Court matters.

Reminder: Who is in the White House matters to who is on the Supreme Court.

Reminder: Which party controls the Senate matters to the ability of whomever is in the White House to determine who is on the Supreme Court.

Reminder: The Senate has boneheaded rules so the above reminder isn’t just about a majority, but about a “supermajority” of 60/100.

Reminder: The Republicans want to restrict marriage, what you do in your bedroom, and reproductive rights of women. The Democrats don’t.

Reminder: Party politics is important, ignore that at your peril.

Comments

  1. #1 Jennie
    June 26, 2013

    You couldn’t find an up to date picture of the SCOTUS?
    A petty complaint maybe, but I love Sonia Sotomayor.

  2. #2 Nick Theodorakis
    June 26, 2013

    Nitpick: The prop 8 ruling wasn’t exactly the usual suspects as Scalia and Roberts joined Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg in the majority. The DOMA ruling was more like the usual, with Kennedy joining the liberal side.

  3. #3 CB
    June 27, 2013

    Hey STUPID. It was not struck down. Simply instructions sent to VACATING the last appeal with instructions to dismiss the motion for the appeal. How STUPID are you?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    June 27, 2013

    Well, I was over-excited and I got it all wrong. Sioux me.

  5. #5 SLC
    June 30, 2013

    Essentially, the SCOTUS ruled that the plaintiffs did not have the standing to appeal former District Judge Walker’s ruling which said that denial of same sex marriage was unconstitutional. They did not, repeat did not uphold Walkers ruling. Subsequently, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which had issued an injunction holding up Walker’s ruling until the SCOTUS ruled, dissolved the injunction and same sex marriage started up again in California. the Prop 8 proponents filed a motion to the SCOTUS demanding that the injunction be reinstated until the SCOTUS decision became final. The motion was denied by Justice Kennedy.