SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s highest court says it will hear arguments right after Labor Day on an issue that is likely to prove decisive for the fate of the state’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriages.

The California Supreme Court scheduled a Sept. 6 hearing to consider whether ballot initiative sponsors have authority to fight court rulings on their measures if the governor and attorney general refuse to appeal.

The question is pivotal to the future of the 2008 ban, known as Proposition 8, because former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown, in his previous role as attorney general, refused last year to challenge a federal court ruling that struck down the law as a violation of gay Californians’ civil rights.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing an appeal brought by the group that qualified Proposition 8, but said it could not reach the broader constitutional issues until it determined if the group had legal standing. The appeals court has asked the Supreme Court for its guidance in interpreting state law.

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Comments (27)
  1. steve says:

    I agree with Stryker 21 except I will still vote.

    1. Karen says:

      I agree with Stryker and will CONTINUE to vote.

      Prop 8 will be upheld.

      The feds should not even be involved. Some states actually voted yes to gay marriage. That is THE STATE’S RIGHT.

      California said NO to gay marriage.

      1. Turbo says:

        Prop 8 is going to hell just like you Karen. you can’t stop same sex marriage. Try being an american and actualyl doing something with your life.

      2. Chuck U Farley says:

        The Feds are going to get involved soon enough. ultimately without granting same sex marriages to any qualifying American we will have another civil rights movement with more frequent and heated demonstrations. There may be retaliation like lynchings and bombings and I’m sure that will make Karen and others feel good about their choice to ignore American equality. But hey Karen would have been fine hosing down black protesters too. I know this because god spoke directly to me and told me this about Karen.

        anyway if you don’t want a Stonewall in every state get with the times man

  2. Ara Bezjian says:

    marriage is between one man and one women. and a family is built of a father and a mother. californians do not want to desecrate and destroy the sanctity of marriage and family

    1. John Dixon says:

      Ara you are an idiot…..Basically the term you use sanctity of marriage well the majority of divorces and affairs of the union between man and woman and the “Sanctity” of the vowels before GOD to Love, Honor and in SIckness and Health for Better or for Worse till death do us part. So were not destroying I would say you guys are pretty much putting the blemish on it without are help. As far as a family unit..a family doesn’t have to contain a mother and father to make a family. And like it or not the wind is changing course in our favor even the GOP doesn’t want to fight on this issue because the polls show in our favor and increasing dramatically.

      1. Karen says:

        That is your argument? You call someone an idiot? Do you actually believe you can change a person’s mind by calling that person an idiot?

        It won’t happen. You probably can’t change his mind anyway and calling him an idiot only makes YOU appear to be the fool.

        There are many expressive words in American English and YOU choose idiot.

        Puhleez spare us.

        In California, marriage is between a man and a woman per our constitution.

        If you don’t like it, MOVE, and don’t call anyone an idiot.

  3. Joe says:

    I voted for what God commanded me to vote and that is marriage is only between a man and a woman.

    Someday I will face my Creator and I will tell my God that I followed his command even though I was criticized by evil doers.

    My fellow souls, have you heard the teachings of Jesus Christ? He is our Messiah. He is coming back for the second time. I don’t know when Jesus will return but I want to be prepared when he returns. Don’t believe in human predictions on when Jesus will return because no one knows the hour of His return. Just prepare your heart and souls for the return of Jesus.

    Turn away from your evil ways and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Jesus paid for all our sins. Please study the bible and discover the true peace and comfort that our Lord God offers to the ones that opens their hearts to Him.

    Please ask Jesus to come into your lives. Don’t follow the crowd that is blindly walking to the path that leads to hell. Find the norrow path that leads to salvation and peace with Jesus.

    1. lord septus says:

      god didnt say anything to you. But know this, my god, the one true god told me for a fact that you are lying and will burn in hell for using God as a pawn for your ignorance and treason to america. you WILL burn in hell for the lies you have written. Jesus is a lie the devil created for the weak in spirit. your path is that of evil and I pray you find truth before it’s too late you disgusting sinner. Same Sex Marriage is God’s will and there is no argument.

      1. Joe says:

        Hello. Peace be with you 🙂 I am happy that at least you believe in Hell.

        In your response, you mentioned that you have “my god”. Which god is that? I believe and worship the God of the bible. Who is your god that you communicate with?

        I see that you do not believe in the Messiah which is Jesus Christ. You call Jesus “a lie the devil created for the weak spirit”. Why don’t you write what you said in a piece of paper. Keep it with you and when you die and is brought up in front of the judgment seat of God, read what you wrote on that paper.

        You mentioned that “I pray you find truth before it’s too late…” Who or what do you pray to?

        Since you do not believe in Jesus, then who is your messiah? The U.S. constitution? The state law?

        You also said, “Same Sex marriage is God’s will and there is no argument”…Where in the bible did God mentioned that He approves of same sex marriage? There is no argument indeed that you are praying to a god that is not in the bible.

        You said that “God didn’t say anything to you”. You must be referring to the part where I said, “God commanded me to vote…”. My command from God comes straight from the bible. The bible is my written instruction from God. The bible is a love letter from God to his TRUE followers.

        If you have not take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I am sorry my friend but your soul is walking into the path of destruction that leads to hell for eternity. You can avert this by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

        A lot of people think that accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is an indication of weakness. This is not true for the strenght of a person is revealed when he/she humbles before the Lord and sees the truth in HIs Word.

        The gospel of the devil will convince you that Christians are lunatics and weak in personality. The devil will lie to you telling you that Jesus does not exist. Please don’t believe this because you will get a bad deal in hell with this belief.

        To know Jesus is to know true Love for other souls.

      2. Karen says:

        God talks to me all the time. How dare you.

  4. Dre says:

    I don’t get this? How do the governed not have the right to place initiatives on the ballot to challenge what they (or a majority of them) feel is a just and right? Of course, Ahnold and Moon Beam and now Kamela do not want to challenge it not because it is wrong, but because it goes against their political ideology. Since when did our elected ‘representatives’ become Kings?

    1. Karen says:

      Did you vote for Arnie, Moonbeam or Kamela? If not, HOW THE HELL did they get into office?

      1. joe says:

        When you said, “God talks to me all the time”, which God are you referring to? Because the God of the bible never approved of same sex marriage.

  5. Stubby says:

    I am getting sick and tired of the same gender agenda, which is to throw this perverted lifestyle in the faces of the normal citizines who are disgusted. Marriage is one man and one woman, end of discussion. Some gay judge may push it through, but the consequences will be devastating to our society and the folks will not accept it.

    1. ??? says:

      “but the consequences will be devastating to our society”
      ??? What consequence??? I mind my own business and gay people can mind theirs.What’s the problem here?

      1. John Dixon says:

        Stubby, is that a metaphor of a condition you have ? Anyway back to what stupidness you said what consequences ? Like it or not the ruling will be overturned and California will soon have Gay marriage. So as far as society being devastated, I think it’s doing pretty good with some of the states have same sex marriage, the sky didn’t fall, no comet hit earth..and the waters didn’t turn into blood….see not all bad.

  6. Sylad Phyladendrum says:

    what you are reading in these comments are the most vile, ignorant and possibly mentally deficient members of the American Society. They have zero concept and grasp of how law works in the United States and they actually think that their god comes before country. I actually pray to my god in private that the justice department has all of these American Traitors (every single person that opposes same sex marriage) deported or quite frankly imprisoned for TREASON against their country and fellow countrypersons. You are the sick perversions of real Americans. it is you who distort religious principles and American Values. You’re nothing but trash and a burden to this country in wasted time and money giving trash like you a voice. Please give up already you pathetic pieces of trash. P.S. there is no argument; you are wrong. Same Sex Marriage is 100% an American value and pro-family. Your religious arguments have ZERO weight in the united states of america. ZERO WEIGHT. You are wrong, nothing will prove you right; you’ve been wrong at EVERY single vote and juncture. you also WILL lose. Same Sex Marriage will be legal in the united states. you waste time, money and energy by being the piece of trash traitors that you are.

    1. Joe says:

      Let me ask you, are you a supporter of a country or are you a servant of God?

      I am sure you will lash out heat to my comment but hold your hate for a minute and ask yourself why you hate me? What is the source of this hate?

      You do not believe in God? Why? Is it because you want to indulge in your own pesonal desires? Are these desires the WILL of God of the bible?

      All the same sex-marriage supporters point to the constitution but don’t point to the bible.

      Please read and study the bible. You don’t need to let people see you study it. I know you will think that reading the bible makes you look weak to others. Remember this, when you pray to the God of the bible, you are praying to the most powerful God in the universe.

      Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When you get to know God, you will see what is really going on in this world.

      Peace be with you 🙂

  7. RedCoat says:

    Stryker it’s because you have no grasp of American Law and how voting and the courts work. you THINK you know; you even proudly declare you know something but the truth is revealed in your own words. You actually don’t know anything about the judicial process in America. This pretty much makes you an American Traitor for remaining ignorant and trying to deny freedom for all sexes to marry. I will pray to jesus christ that he spares you from the hell you’re going to for trying to discriminate against americans. If you refuse to repent and become enlightened I have asked the CIA and Justice Dept to investigate you for Treason and ask that they deport you or at least put you with your equals in Guantanamo.

  8. w says:

    Jesus was nothing but a sheit talking jew.

    1. joe says:

      When you meet Jesus again, and you will sure do, can you please repeat to Jesus what you just said.

      I pray that God of the bible will eventually open your eyes and heart to the truth. Having Jesus as your Lord and Savior is to know real peace. The worries of this earth will no longer be a burden when you serve and worship the God of the bible.

  9. Karen says:


    I agree. It’s the same thing with taxes. How many times do we have to vote to tell Brown – we do not want to pay more taxes. We already voted too – last November.

    We voted TWICE and said NO to gay marriage both times.

  10. Stryker 21 says:

    I will continue to vote to over rule the PROP POLE SMOKER/CARPET MUNCHER.

  11. Merréll O says:

    You people who keep writing “the will of the people” referring to less than 2% of a vote where 48% of the vote is against you…do you GET that “California” is not such a simple “majority”. You need to be mindful of your honking on about “the majority has spoken” when latest polls show your side CLEARLY losing. The trend has been going our way for decades and now, the tide will drowned you away. You know what you lose after gay marriage is the law of The United States? …nothing. Calm down. Move to Mississippi and Arkansas, you bigots!

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