Supreme Court set to issue standing opinion in Prop 8 case

The California Supreme Court announced that it will issue a written opinion tomorrow morning in the standing case over Proposition 8, which sought to define marriage in this state as being between a man and a woman.

The court is scheduled to release the opinion at 10 a.m. in the case Perry v. Brown, according to a statement today from the Judicial Council of California. It will be available on the California Courts website at: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/opinions.cgi

At issue is whether supporters of Prop 8 have the legal standing to appeal a federal judge’s ruling last year – which overturned the ban on same-sex marriage – when the governor and attorney general decline to do so.
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Prop. 8 backers ask court to hear marriage cases

By Stacia Glenn on November 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

(AP) — The sponsors of California’s new same-sex marriage ban are urging the state’s highest court to hear a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn the measure.

Lawyer Andrew Pugno says the backers of Proposition 8 are so confident the California Supreme Court would uphold the voter-approved initiative they would prefer the court take the cases and resolve the question quickly.

Supporters of gay marriage have filed four legal challenges to Proposition 8 arguing that voters did not have the authority to enact a ban on gay marriage. The measure rewrote the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

As of Monday, the Supreme Court hasn’t decided whether it will take up the cases.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Flesh Club’s appeal

Jason Pesick, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 11/10/2008 10:05:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request Monday by the owners of Flesh Club to review a California Supreme Court decision that might have saved San Bernardino a chunk of change.

In April, the state Supreme Court sent a case filed by Flesh Club back to San Bernardino Superior Court after three appellate judges ruled the city had to pay the club $1.4 million. The money was intended to make up for profits lost during a period starting in 1995 when the city got a court to bar an adult cabaret at the club. The city claimed the club, owned by Manta Management Corp., was operating in an area that wasn’t zoned for nude dancing.

The state Supreme Court found that because a court ordered the injunction in 1995, the city might not be liable for the $1.4 million even though the city ordinance the court was enforcing with the injunction was later found to be unconstitutional.
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County’s medical marijuana appeal denied by state Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by San Bernardino and San Diego counties challenging the state’s medical marijuana laws, according to the court’s web site.

The counties appealed a July 31 ruling from the state Court of Appeal which determined that a state law requiring counties to issue medical marijuana identification cards was constitutional.

San Bernardino County maintained that the state law is at odds with federal law, which criminalizes the drug. County officials had wanted the court to address the conflict.
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