We’ve waited a long time, and next Monday, December 6 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to Proposition 8, the unprecedented ballot measure that stripped the freedom to marry from same-sex couples in California.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights will be at your side every step of the way. NCLR’s legal team will be providing you with in-depth and up-to-the-minute legal analysis throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a thorough analysis and breakdown of the argument on NCLRights.org and our WordPress.com blog.
I will also be taking part in a panel discussion on KQED radio (NPR’s Northern California affiliate) prior to the argument, and then sharing my thoughts about the oral argument as it happens on both my Facebook and Twitter pages, wrapping it up with a video and a personal blog that we’ll post on NCLRights.org, our blog, and other partner sites.
So be sure to follow us to get all the updates!
Things you should know:
- The Ninth Circuit is not required to issue its decision within any particular time frame after oral argument.
- This case is on a fast track, and the court tends to issue decisions more quickly as a result.
- Once the Ninth Circuit rules, the losing side can request the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.
- The Supreme Court has discretion to take the case or to let the Ninth Circuit’s decision stand.
While we wait for the court’s decision, we must remember that we cannot rely solely on the courts to protect our freedom. As we have learned the hard way in California and other states, it is vital that we take responsibility for ourselves and do everything we can to create a receptive public climate so we can keep our legal victories. We must continue to reach out and tell our stories, creating a world where all families are treated fairly and equally.
Executive Director, NCLR