Plaintiffs in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami Outside the Surpreme Court This Morning
This morning the Supreme Court of the United State (SCOTUS) struck down Proposition 8 (California’s same-sex-marriage ban)!!!
The ruling states that the Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiciton to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
Here's a Plain English take on Hollingsworth v. Perry from Amy Howe via SCOTUSblog.com: "The challenge to the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage: After the two same-sex couples filed their challenge to Proposition 8 in federal court in California, the California government officials who would normally have defended the law in court, declined to do so. So the proponents of Proposition 8 stepped in to defend the law, and the California Supreme Court (in response to a request by the lower court) ruled that they could do so under state law. But today the Supreme Court held that the proponents do not have the legal right to defend the law in court. As a result, it held, the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the intermediate appellate court, has no legal force, and it sent the case back to that court with instructions for it to dismiss the case."
There will be many post-marriage decision demonstrations all across the country (see the interactive map below), however, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (better knows as AFER and the sole sponsor of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the landmark federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8) will host a community event in West Hollywood, CA at 5:30 p.m. featuring the plaintiffs who challenged Prop. 8, the attorneys who worked on the case, elected officials, gay and lesbian couples who want to get married and a diverse array of community leaders.