Within as little as two weeks, we may know whether AFER’s case challenging Prop. 8 will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the Justices decide not to hear our case, marriage equality will be restored in California. Regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides to do, Prop. 8 is hanging by a thread. AFER is working with our attorneys and California state officials to get you the most up-to-date information about what could happen and when.
Check out AFER’s video and infographic that explain timing and possible outcomes of the Prop. 8 case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear our case for marriage equality, the announcement can come as early as September 25. That’s only a week and a half away. AFER’s distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies will file written briefs and present oral argument in the spring. A final decision would likely be issued by June 2013.If the Court decides not to hear our case, the announcement could come as early as October 1. The Ninth Circuit decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional will be made permanent, with marriages starting as soon as the Ninth Circuit issues its mandate, likely within several days after the Supreme Court denies review.
The other big news today is that there are now over 275 readings of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” across the country and the world—278 to be exact. Community theaters, colleges and community groups are staging performances to bring a greater understanding about why marriage equality is so important, and how the arguments used against allowing all loving couples the freedom to marry cannot stand up in the court of law, where facts and truth matter. The play is also set to reach more audiences with a new Spanish-language translation.
We are on the cusp of achieving everything we’ve been fighting for. It is now a matter of days, and at the longest a few months, before Prop. 8 is gone for good.