The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency bid to reinstate California’s ban on same-sex marriage, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers for the gay couples who sued to lift the ban, said he had received word that the justice tasked with handling the petition had denied it, the newspaper said.

Boutrous did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

On Friday, California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the ban, imposed under the so-called Prop 8 ballot measure, with immediate effect.

Just days earlier, the nation’s top court had ruled supporters of Prop 8 lacked the proper standing to appeal a lower-court judgment that declared the measure unconstitutional.

The ruling essentially allowed the original federal court ruling to stand, striking down Prop 8.

But supporters of the ban, including ProtectMarriage.com, which backed legal efforts to uphold it, said the reinstatement of same-sex marriages was too hasty.

The Ninth Circuit court should have waited until at least 25 days after the Supreme Court ruling, ProtectMarriage.com said Saturday.

It argued that the appeals court had originally promised to wait until “final disposition” before lifting its injunction on same-sex marriages.

“People on both sides of this debate should at least agree that the courts must follow their own rules,” said ProtectMarriage.com coalition lawyer Andy Pugno in a statement.

“This kind of lawlessness just further weakens the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of our legal system.”

Supporters of Prop 8 have vowed to pursue their efforts to have the ban — backed by 52 percent of Californians five years ago, with 48 percent against — re-enforced.

But gay rights groups have cheered the Supreme Court ruling, as have many supporters of same-sex marriage.

“Thousands upon thousands of lives are about to change for the better, for good,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said Friday.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Richard Spencer

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

On Tuesday, November 23, a jury in Virginia found that a group of White nationalists and White supremacists who organized the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017 were guilty of a conspiracy — and the plaintiffs were awarded $26 million in damages. But reporting from the Associated Press stresses that collecting the money may be challenging, as some of the Unite the Right organizers are broke.

Keep reading... Show less

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for U.S.-based adults of all ages, anti-vaxxers continue to spread lies and misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines. And some of those anti-vaxxers, according to Business Insider’s Tom Porter, are promoting fake and dangerous ways for people who have received COVID-19 vaccines and now regret it to “de-vaccinate themselves.”

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}