Gavel Grab

Future of Prop 8 Ruling Debated Vigorously

What’s the legal path ahead for the Proposition 8 ruling? That question dominated the latest round of news coverage, commentary and legal analysis, in the wake of a federal appeals panel ruling Tuesday that California’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional (see Gavel Grab.) The panel is part of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

These news reports looked ahead: Los Angeles Times, “Gay marriage fight may hinge on Supreme Court’s Anthony Kennedy;” Christian Science Monitor, “Prop. 8 ruling: why it might not go the the Supreme Court;” Bloomberg, “California’s Gay Marriage Ban Case May Be Headed for Supreme Court Appeal;” and ABC News blog, “Gay Marriage Advocates Hope for Sweeping Supreme Court Ruling, Right? Wrong!”

These editorials commented on the ruling: USA Today, “California same-sex marriage ruling tied in knots;” New York Times, “A Ruling for Equal Rights;” and Washington Post, “Proposition 8 ruling was just but wobbly.”

Legal analysis and commentary included these pieces: Noah Feldman, Bloomberg, “Gay Marriage Ruling a Memo to Justice Kennedy;” Huffington Post, Carlos A. Ball, “Why the Proposition 8 Ruling Has a Good Chance of Being Affirmed by the Supreme Court;” Los Angeles Times, Erwin Chemerinsky, “Prop. 8 ruling: The legal path ahead;” New York Review of Books, David Cole, “Gambling with Gay Marriage;” and Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen, “David Cole on the #Prop8 Case: A Disingenuous 9th Circuit Opn?”

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