If it is even possible, there will be a greater concentration of gay and lesbian people in San Francisco on March 5, when the California Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the challenge of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. On the flipside, the day could also see a huge spike in intolerant religious zealot homophobic nutbars.
With the backing of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown will ask the Supremes to invalidate Prop. 8 on grounds that certain fundamental rights, including that to marry, are inalienable and cannot be put to a popular vote. Backed by civil rights groups, religious organizations, labor unions and legal scholars, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and the ACLU will pile onto Brown's argument by contending the ballot measure violates the California Constitution-guaranteed right to equal treatment under the law.
Same-sex marriage ban proponents will neener-neener that California's state charter gives the people broad latitude to make laws and set policy, which the Court cannot change. So there,
The Cali Supreme Court has 90 days to render a decision.
Meanwhile . . . -With $85 million pumped in by both sides, Prop. 8 was the costliest social-issue campaign in U.S. history.
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-Among those who gave $1,000 to Yes on 8 was a New York artist who uses gay-pride images in her paintings.
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-Even if the Supremes uphold the ban, legal scholars say it will eventually be knocked down . . . in 10 years, tops.