The Fate of Prop 8 In The Hands Of The California Supreme Court...
The following is an email letter distributed today, in regard to the "fate of Proposition 8". I have found it quite interesting, that the Yes on 8 supporters, have maintained such a low profile, especially considering how hard we all worked to defend traditional marriage, in California.
On the other hand, many opponents to traditional marriage have spent the last few months, since the passing of Prop 8 - being very outspoken in their feelings. We have seen a level of anger expressed in outward protesting , as well as the attempt to boycott those who support traditional marriage, like never before. Financial donors to the Yes on 8 campaign have had their privacy completely exposed, in ways that were unthinkable and even impossible only a year or two ago.
As I read this letter, I felt the quiet power that I, and I am certain many others have been feeling over these past few weeks. Proposition 8 passed legally. We as citizens of California expect the California Supreme Court, to make the right call in this case. Will they do it? Only time will tell. However, in the face of the past weeks of a very loud and public campaign, where the media has been used to promote gay marriage, we are confident that a respectable legal process will occur.
March 4, 2009
All our briefs have been filed. Our attorneys are fully prepared. Our supporters held a Day of Prayer for Proposition 8 last Sunday. Now tomorrow, the fate of Proposition 8 will be in the hands of the California Supreme Court.
We have confidence that the Court will uphold Proposition 8. Why do we believe this? Because the law is clearly on our side. Proposition 8 has become Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution, and though some justices on the Court may not agree with the decision the people made in adopting Prop 8 and defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, we are very confident that the Court will respect the right of the people to have decided this issue. The people have reserved to themselves the sovereign right to define their constitution. By a 600,000 vote margin, they voted to enshrine the traditional definition of marriage in the constitution. As Dean Kenneth W. Starr has told the court in his brilliantly written briefs, “The constitution has now been amended by the sovereign people who are its creators. That is the beginning and end of this case.”
The legal issues before the Supreme Court tomorrow are primarily procedural and deal with whether Proposition 8 was a properly enacted constitutional amendment. This is a very different legal battle than when the Court decided last year to interpret the constitution to provide a right to marry for same-sex couples. Now, the constitution is plainly clear that only traditional marriage is valid in California. Thus, the main issue before the court is whether the people had the right to enact Prop 8 in the first instance. Our opponents argue that Prop 8 was so sweeping that it constituted a fundamental revision of the constitution. But as we detailed in our legal briefs, the law is clear that the people had the right to enact Prop 8, and properly exercised it. Here are excerpts from our briefs:
“There is no higher legal authority within California to which the judiciary can appeal.”
“Proposition 8’s brevity is matched only by its clarity. There are no conditional clauses, exceptions, exemptions, or exclusions. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
Describing Proposition 8 as a revision to the state constitution, “depends on characterizing Proposition 8 as a radical departure from the fundamental principles of the California Constitution. But that portrayal is wildly wrong. Proposition 8 is limited in nature and effect. It does nothing more than restore the definition of marriage to what it was and always had been under California law before June 16, 2008 – and to what the people had repeatedly willed that it be throughout California’s history. It is now part of the state constitution.”
On the Attorney General’s novel contention that even though Proposition 8 was a validly enacted amendment, it should still be invalidated as violating the right to liberty of same-sex couples, “[This position is] utterly without foundation in this Court’s case law. His theory fails at every level. The Attorney General is inviting this Court to declare a constitutional revolution that would fundamentally alter the role of the judiciary, putting judges in the role of supreme overseer of the people’s constitution-making power, a result patently contrary to popular sovereignty.”
Please keep our attorneys, Ken Starr and Andrew Pugno, and committee representatives in your prayers tomorrow as they represent the majority of California who support traditional marriage. Pray also for wisdom for the justices of the Court to show respect for the people’s decision to enact Proposition 8. Finally, pray that our opponents understand that our support of Proposition 8 is to preserve traditional marriage, not to take rights away from anybody.
The Supreme Court’s hearing will be broadcast live at 9:00am pacific time on the California Channel. Check your local cable system for channel location. It is also available online at www.calchannel.com.
We have all worked so hard to get to this point. ProtectMarriage.com is the only group that will appear before the Supreme Court to uphold the vote of the people enacting Prop 8 and affirm traditional marriage as the law of the land. Pray that our efforts will be rewarded with a just decision from the California Supreme Court.
Thank you for your continued support.
ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8
I published a post, right before the election. My thoughts about the Passing of Prop 8 then, are still very relevant, now!