WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that the Obama Administration can have time to speak during the oral arguments on March 26 involving the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 law that took away marriage equality in the Golden State.
The high court granted the request by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. to allow the Obama Administration 10 minutes to make its case on why the federal government believes the Prop 8 is unconstitutional. A federal judge and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have all agreed that Prop 8 took away marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in California, but anti-gay backers of the law have appealed to the Supreme Court.
Among the issues the nine justices will debate is whether the anti-gay backers have legal standing to appeal the lower court decision when the State of California has accepted Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional and has refused to appeal that decision.
The government’s legal brief filed with the high court did not address the standing issue.