Wednesday, November 19, 2008

California Supreme Court Takes Prop 8 Challenge Case

The court's decided to hear the challenge against Prop 8.

The good news: this first hurdle improves the odds of Proposition 8 being struck down. In the past 100 years, the California Supreme Court has heard only ten such cases, and struck down 3 of them. So, we've got a 30% chance of winning.

But EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, other minorities have woken up to the danger in Prop 8's elimination of California's equal protection guarantee.

According to Equity California:

"In a petition filed on November 14, 2008, leading African American, Latino, and Asian American groups argued that Proposition 8 threatens the equal protection rights of all Californians."

But minorities aren't the only one. Religious leaders and women's groups have filed petitions to strike down 8 as well:

"On November 17, 2008, the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations representing millions of members statewide, also filed a petition asserting that Proposition 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all, and was not enacted through the constitutionally required process for such a dramatic change to the California Constitution. On the same day, prominent California women’s rights organizations filed a petition asking the Court to invalidate Proposition 8 because of its potentially disastrous implications for women and other groups that face discrimination. "

So, stop blaming Proposition 8 on minorities. Leading groups for all minorities realize that Proposition 8 is a danger to everyone. They are backing us in this fight.

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