CA Supreme Court: Proponents have standing to defend Prop 8
November 17, 2011 10:48 AM Subscribe
posted by insectosaurus (115 comments total)
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, the California Supreme Court announced that the proponents of Prop 8 have standing to defend it.
The full decision is here
is an outline of the issue.
From the decision:
As we shall explain, because the initiative process is specifically intended to enable the people to amend the state Constitution or to enact statutes when current government officials have declined to adopt (and often have publicly opposed) the measure in question, the voters who have successfully adopted an initiative measure may reasonably harbor a legitimate concern that the public officials who ordinarily defend a challenged state law in court may not, in the case of an initiative measure, always undertake such a defense with vigor or with the objectives and interests of those voters paramount in mind. As a consequence, California courts have routinely permitted the official proponents of an initiative to intervene or appear as real parties in interest to defend a challenged voter- approved initiative measure in order ―to guard the people‘s right to exercise initiative power . . . In this manner, the official proponents‘ general ability to appear and defend the state‘s interest in the validity of the initiative measure and to appeal a lower court judgment invalidating the measure serves to enhance both the fairness of the judicial process and the appearance of fairness of that process.