Late Tuesday night, ProtectMarriage.com, the consortium also known as “Yes On 8,” announced they will appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling that affirmed Prop 8 is unconstitutional, to the Supreme Court.
Yes On 8 has the legal option to appeal to the Ninth Circuit and demand instead of a three-judge panel, an eleven judge panel known as “en banc.”
Note in their statement below they make little mention of the legal merits of their case.
PROP 8 PROPONENTS TO APPEAL NINTH CIRCUIT
RULING AGAINST TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
Court is Deeply Divided in its Opinion
The following statement can be attributed to Andy Pugno, general counsel for the ProtectMarriage.com coalition, the official proponents of Proposition 8, in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the US District Court’s ruling that declared Prop 8 unconstitutional:
“It’s no surprise that the 9th Circuit’s decision is completely out of step with every other federal appellate and Supreme Court decision in American history on the subject of marriage. Ever since the beginning of this case, we’ve known that the battle to preserve traditional marriage will ultimately be won or lost not here, but rather in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We will immediately appeal this misguided decision that disregards the will of more than 7 million Californians who voted to restore marriage as the unique union of only a man and woman. We are confident that the rights of California voters will finally win out.
“With the sponsorship of the Hollywood elite, this lawsuit has been pushed forward as an assault on traditional marriage, with the help of a judge who failed to disclose his own long-term homosexual relationship while presiding over a case seeking the legalization of same-sex marriage.
“Although the court was deeply divided in its ruling against Proposition 8, the court also confirmed what the California Supreme Court has already concluded: that we have legal standing as representatives of the voters to assert California’s interests in the validity of Prop 8. Our path to the U.S. Supreme Court is now very clear. We are confident that the law, history, and the repeatedly expressed will of the American people will eventually gain a fair hearing, and traditional marriage will be upheld and protected.”
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