California’s Prop 8 decision may come this week, says the new CA Supreme Court Chief.
According to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the CA Supremes are ready to rule on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ request to determine whether state law gives sponsors of initiatives “standing,” or the authority to defend the proposition in court when state officials refuse.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye told reporters Wednesday that the California Supreme Court may decide as soon as this week if they should rule and how.
The question of standing has become central to the federal court’s decision and its impact on the legal world.
Court watchers and legal experts say that if the State court decides the issue of standing in the defendants’ favor, the federal court would more likely rule on the over-arching constitutionality of Prop 8.
If, however, the California court decides against the defendants’ plea for standing, the appeals court will likely limit its ruling to California alone.
The new chief justice will not disclose her personal feelings about same-sex marriage, but acknowledges presiding over a 2008 same-sex wedding while it was legal in California.
“I didn’t have any qualms about it,” she said.