Not everyone was as thrilled as we were by the Ninth Circuit's decision opposing California's Proposition 8.
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), whose attorneys are part of the ProtectMarriage.com legal defense team (the proponents of Prop. 8), released a statement asserting their intent to take their case to the Supreme Court.
See what they have to say after the jump.
SAN FRANCISCO — Defenders of marriage in California will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit against the state’s marriage amendment. Tuesday, the full 9th Circuit declined to review a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel that struck down the constitutional amendment, which 7 million California voters approved through Proposition 8 in 2008 to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys are part of the legal defense team for ProtectMarriage.com, the banner organization for the official proponents and campaign committee of Proposition 8. The ProtectMarriage.com legal team appealed to the full 9th Circuit in February.
“Marriage is a universal good that has been honored by diverse cultures and faiths for the entire history of Western Civilization,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “The Protectmarriage.com legal team looks forward to standing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the people’s right to preserve the fundamental building block of civilization, especially since the dissent accompanying today’s decision strongly supports our arguments. The democratic process and the most important human institution–marriage–shouldn’t be overthrown based on the demands of Hollywood activists.”
On Feb. 7, two judges on a three-judge 9th Circuit panel in Perry v. Brown agreed with a federal district judge’s decision that California’s marriage amendment–Article I, Section 7.5 of the state constitution–is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution.
“The Supreme Court has made it perfectly clear that marriage is constitutional as a matter of state public policy,” explained lead counsel Charles J. Cooper with the Cooper & Kirk law firm. “We’re pleased to petition the Court to hear this case. The lower court opinions were little more than an attack on the character and judgment of millions of Californians, and those decisions essentially ignored all relevant Supreme Court and appellate court precedent. We are hopeful and confident that the Supreme Court will review the 9th Circuit’s decision.”
We especially appreciate the part where they blame three separate court rulings on the influence of "Hollywood activists."
We guess all those court justices really liked George Clooney in "8"??
Image Source (Hat Tip: The New Civil Rights Movement)