Prop 8 Overview

[Last updated: Monday, June 24, 2013, 5:00 p.m. PDT]
To journalists, editors and interested parties:
Now that we’re at the end June — the final week during which we expect the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutional challenge to Prop 8 — I want to offer a quick summary about timing and possible scenarios, and what to expect for your planning purposes about the same-sex marriage ruling. This also provides a brief discussion of issues you are likely to hear legal pundits raise in the coming days, and what the City Attorney’s position on those will be.

Prop 8 Update: No action on Prop 8 (again) from U.S. Supreme Court

No action on Prop 8 (again) from U.S. Supreme Court
Date: Dec. 3, 2012
To members of the news media and interested parties:
Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court posted its order list for Dec. 3, 2012 reflecting cases to which it both granted review and denied review in its private conference last Friday. As predicted by most legal pundits late last week, the federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8 (known as Hollingsworth v. Perry) appeared on neither list — meaning no action has yet been taken.

Prop 8 Update: Upcoming News and Historical Timeline

Prop 8: Upcoming News and Historical Timeline
Date: Nov. 29, 2012
To members of the news media and interested parties:
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision about whether to grant review in the federal challenge to Proposition 8, to which the San Francisco City Attorney is co-plaintiff along with the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Herrera praises US Court of Appeals order denying rehearing of Prop 8 case

SAN FRANCISCO (June 5, 2012)– City Attorney Dennis Herrera today praised the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reject a call by sponsors of Proposition 8 to rehear that court’s decision invalidating Proposition 8. The Ninth Circuit previously decided that Proposition 8 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the federal Constitution, relying on key arguments made by Herrera’s legal team that Proposition 8 unlawfully stripped rights away from same-sex couples just to make them unequal to other couples. The sponsors of Proposition 8 backers had requested that an 11-judge panel rehear the case.