Proposition 8 Repeal Oral Arguments

The California State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether Proposition 8, an anti-gay-marriage ballot initiative which passed in… read more

The California State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether Proposition 8, an anti-gay-marriage ballot initiative which passed in November 2008, should be upheld and, if so, whether the marriages of an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples should remain valid. 

The arguments the court heard focused on whether Proposition 8 is invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than an amendment to, the California Constitution. If it were an amendment to the Constitution, it could be passed by a state wide referendum as had occurred. If it were a revision, it would require a 2/3 vote in California’s bicameral legislature to be passed, which had not occurred. The difference between the two is not clearly articulated in law or court cases in California, but a revision is a substantial change while an amendment is a minor change. The court also heard arguments about the Separation of Powers and the validity of the marriages that occurred before the Proposition was passed.

The case was Strauss v. Horton. Coverage courtesy of the California Channel. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Proposition 8 Repeal Oral Arguments

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Program ID:
284455-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States
First Aired:
Mar 6, 2009
Last Aired:
Aug 24, 2009

Airing Details

  • Mar 06, 2009 | 3:47pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 07, 2009 | 4:46am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 16, 2009 | 10:31pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 17, 2009 | 4:31am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 06, 2009 | 3:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 24, 2009 | 3:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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