Take Two for June 26, 2013

Where does the Protect Marriage group go from here?

Federal Appeals Court Holds Hearing On Prop 8

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Supporters of Prop 8 holds a sign during a demonstration outside of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

It's been a long road from Proposition 8's journey from California to the US Supreme Court. Joining us now is Ron Prentice, executive director of Protect Marriage, the group that originally brought Prop 8 to the ballot and has been defending it in court.

Interview Highlights:

 

On his reaction to the decision:
"I'm feeling fine, obviously we wish the court would have give more strength to any decision, because this decision doesn't do much for anyone. Your previous guests were celebrating quite a bit that same-sex marriage has come to California, but indeed it hasn't. Neither the DOMA decision or the Prop 8 decision has done that, what the court did this morning was vacate the decision from the ninth circuit and then it takes us back to the federal district court where chief justice Vaughn Walker made a decision that traditional marriage was unconstitutional.. So we have the Constitution pitted against this decision in the federal district court and, frankly, we don't know the narrowness of the breadth yet of how many people will be impacted by Judge Walker's decision."

On why he believes they had legal standing to defend Prop 8: 
"For the same reason that several of the justices of the Supreme Court thought that we should, otherwise when a group that has put forth an initiative by the people is forced to go to court to defend it and neither the Governor nor the Attorney General are willing to do so, then it presents itself as a immediate veto by the governing leaders for the will of the people. We were hoping that the court would see fit to grant us standing to present a defense…In the oral argument there were many comments from many justices who thought it odd that this circumstance should present itself, that the constitution of the state would not be supported by the leadership of the government."


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