Politics Themed Airwaves: Prop 8 and Lynn Woolsey

You can view both online

by Brian Leubitz

UPDATE: The good folks at Prop 8 Trial Tracker have liveblogged the Prop 8 hearing.  Check it out, and then begin waiting for the ruling…

Well, not that they really have anything to do with each other, with the exception of the fact that Lynn Woolsey has supported marriage equality from way back in the day.  Woolsey voted against DOMA in 1996, as did many California Democrats. In fact of the 67 House no votes on DOMA, my quick counting showed at least 16 Californians, or nearly double the percentage of Californians in the House.

Anyway, as you probably know, Woolsey is retiring after this term, and she is sitting down with Michael Krasny of KQED’s forum to talk about her career right about now.  You can listen in the Bay Area on 88.5FM or stream it live online.  The program starts at 9AM, but you can catch the podcast later this afternoon as well.

No, the Prop 8 case is also up today.  The Supreme Court will consider whether the proponents of Prop 8 have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision.  

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether conservatives who sponsored Proposition 8 are entitled to appeal last year’s federal ruling that overturned the 2008 same-sex marriage ban.

The court’s ruling, due 90 days after argument, will determine whether all initiative sponsors in California are legally entitled to defend their measures in state court when the governor and the attorney general refuse. (LA Times)

To be sure, it is far from clear which way this decision will go.  Prior case law, from my reading, seems to lean in the favor of no, they can’t appeal and do not have standing.  However, the issue is a little gray, and that’s why the question was certified to the CA Supreme Court.  Unfortunately, the Court did not choose to expedite the process, but we should have a decision before December or so.

However, you can also watch the argument live on CalChannel, either on your cable provider or online at calchannel.com.  The hearing starts at 10AM.