On pins and needles - Page 2

Same-sex marriage ruling hits San Francisco on the eve of Pride -- oh hey, we won stuff!

One way or another, we're coming for your straight marriage. Photo of Krylon Superstar by Keeney + Law.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry Stewart, and their team are prepared to analyze the ruling as soon as it is released just after 7am (Pacific time) and to deliver the first press briefing on the steps of City Hall at 7:30-8am. Mayor Ed Lee, Newsom, and other officials will host a live viewing of the ruling at 7am in City Hall, following by their own press conference.

Dissecting the ruling could be a tricky task given that there at least four major scenarios that the ruling could trigger, each of those with lots of sub-scenarios that depend on the scope and details of the ruling. Everything for legalizing same-sex marriage across the country to a technical ruling that kicks it all back to a lower court are possible.

"In 10 years [working for the City Attorney's Office], I'm never seen an outcome that could go in so many different directions," Dorsey told us.

If the ruling invalidates Prop. 8, that decision would be formalized in about a month, then returning jurisdiction over the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, which will then issue a formal notice of decision that gives it the force of law, according to a June 11 memo the City Attorney's Office wrote for other city officials.

It notes, "Depending on how the Supreme Court decides the case, marriages could resume as soon as mid-to-late July."


The Justices simply defaulted to the CA court. So the situation could change again.

And the 38 States that were hoping for a broad decision also lost.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 26, 2013 @ 11:52 am

No, the judges defaulted to the District Court, to Judge Walker's eloquent taking down of Prop. 8. In fact, it said the California Supreme Court was in error in saying Hollingsworth, et al., had standing.

Posted by Hortencia on Jun. 26, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

SCOTUS really did not opine about gay marriage at all. They offered a technicality to avoid ruling on the substance.

So gays in the 38 States where gay marriage is illegal are left with nothing. They can bring their own cases to SCOTUS, of course, but there is no saying they will win as this ruling was specific to one case in CA, and not the principle.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 26, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

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