Prop. 8 Sponsors Can Defend Ban: Calif. High Court

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 8:25 PM EST) -- California's Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously held that supporters of Proposition 8, the state's controversial ban on gay marriage, have standing to fight a suit challenging the law's constitutionality that is now before the Ninth Circuit.

When public officials decline to defend ballot initiatives in California — in the case of Prop. 8, the state's governor and attorney general chose not to support the ban — allowing official supporters of the initiatives to defend them preserves the integrity of the state's ballot initiative process, according to...
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