Will Proposition 8 trial outcome be appeals court?
Fresno NewsBecause the trial's outcome will likely be appealed quickly, the judge's decision may not have any real immediate effects on gay marriage in the state of California. Franklin, meanwhile, is calling for the resignation of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown because the two have declined to support the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
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Regardless of what decision Federal Judge Vaughn Walker makes at the end of the Proposition 8 trial in the state of California, opponents and supporters of California's gay marriage ban are both anticipating and preparing for their next strategic moves:
Gay rights activists are primed for another ballot initiative and supporters are ready to once again defend traditional marriage.
Last year in Fresno huge rallies drew both defenders and opposers of the ban. Now the latest round in the fight over same sex marriage is playing out in a San Francisco district courtroom.
A national spotlight is once more on Proposition 8: A recent Newsweek cover story profiles the lifelong republican - and former solicitor general for President Bush - who is now fighting for marriage equality in opposition to Proposition 8, which more than 7 million Californian voters brought into legislation.
Scott Jones, the president of the San Joaquin Valley College of Law Alumni Association, says the case will no doubt end up in appeals and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court, something that's already shaping the trial underway. "They'll have some of that strategy in mind as they go along, too. Anytime you're dealing with a case, it's always in the back of your mind, what if I appeal, what issues will I be raising on appeal, if I lose?" said Jones.
Supporters of the gay marriage ban are also keeping a close eye on the trial. Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church says whatever the outcome, supporters of traditional marriage will not back down. "The people have spoken not once, but twice, in the statewide election. The Supreme Court has upheld it here within the state. To think what we're just going to give up ... No!" said Franklin.
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