Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly has a must-read article up laying out exactly what folks can expect from today's highly anticipated Proposition 8 decision by a federal appeals court. The piece gives a thorough history of the twists and turns of the court case too.
The long anticipated appeals court ruling is expected to address three issues: (1) whether former U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from hearing the case because he is gay and had a long-time partner with whom he was not married; (2) whether the proponents of Proposition 8 have the right to appeal Walker's decision striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional when none of the state defendants chose to do so; and (3) whether, if Walker did not need to recuse himself and the proponents do have the right to appeal, Walker was correct that Proposition 8 violates Californians' due process and equal protection rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
Either way the ruling goes, the LGBT community will either be celebrating or rioting this afternoon. The court will file an opinion by 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. We'll have breaking coverage of the ruling and reactions from many top orgs and LGBT leaders.
So what do you think? Will the court rule in our favor or our opponents?