I’ll refer to this thread also in the secular news forum, but invite responses only on this thread, should anyone care to respond.
42 groups have filed Amicus briefs to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which passed in November, but which has already suffered a legal challenge. Amicus briefs are obviously also permitted in defense of Proposition 8, but I have no idea how many of those have been submitted, nor the power of the civil arguments upholding Prop 8.
I’m concerned about the relative silence about this from the pro-Prop 8 side. The anti- side (supporting gay “marriage”) has been invigorated, however. The results of a poll conducted about a month after the November election showed that a significant percentage of previously pro- Prop 8 voters were prepared to change their vote in hindsight. This indicates a narrowly divided state, and while the courts are supposed to be above public opinion, in my experience the courts in CA are highly politicized.
I will tell you that the two major anti-prop-8 arguments will be, I have learned, (1) that eliminating a previously court-approved ‘right’ should not have been submitted to the voting public, and (2) that marriage in May of 2008 in CA was declared a “fundamental right” by that state court.
I hope that lawyers who care seriously about children and about the future will get busy and start submitting convincing amicus briefs.