Thursday, March 05, 2009

CA: Proposition 8 Appeal Oral Arguments available from California Channel on live broadband

The oral arguments regarding Proposition 8 in California are now taking place before the California Supreme Court. The link for broadband viewing on the “California Channel” is here. The hearings run from 9 AM - 12 noon PST (12 noon to 3 PM EST), Thursday, March 5, 2009.

The cases are known as Strauss et al. v. Horton (Hollingsworth et al., Interveners)(and two other cases, S168066 Tyler et al. v. State of California et al. (Hollingsworth et al., Interveners) and S168078 City and County of San Francisco et al. v. Horton (Hollingsworth et al., Interveners)).

So far, attorneys supporting the amendment (such as former special prosecutor Ken Starr) have made a lot of “popular sovereignty” and the right of the people to govern themselves with the constitutional amending process, even on matters like “rights”. Suspect classes can not be changed, it sounds, and there is a “single subject rule.” The firewall is federalism and the federal constitution. However, one justice asked about Romer v. Evans in Colorado (1996).

The arguments were started with transgendered Shannon Mintner.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund also offered call-in instructions:
“Here are the call-in instructions:
“Step 1: Call 888-640-7748
“Step 2: Enter code 958621#
“Questions can be emailed before and during the call to For Twitter, reply to one of our updates or tweet your questions to @LambdaLegal during the oral argument. Your question may be asked during today's teleconference!”

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