Prop 8 Standing Ruling Shakes Up Citizen Lawmaking

Law360, New York (June 26, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT) -- In rejecting an appeal by private supporters of California's Proposition 8 on standing grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court installed new limitations on the citizen initiative process that will strip ballot measure backers of judicial redress and effectively immunize some court decisions from appeal, experts say.

In a long-awaited decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the high court ruled 5-4 that private citizens seeking to reinstate California's ban on same-sex marriage lacked standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution to mount a federal appeal of the ruling that put the brakes on Prop 8.

The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John...

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