John Eastman, chairman of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, today responded to the news the U.S. Supreme Court will hear California’s Prop 8 case by claiming the court wanted to hear the case to overturn “a trial presided over by a homosexual judge involved in a long-term same-sex relationship” and claimed the decision was “a strong signal that the justices are concerned with the rogue rulings that have come out of San Francisco.”
“We believe that it is significant that the Supreme Court has taken the Prop 8 case,” said John Eastman, via a statement. “We believe it is a strong signal that the Court will reverse the lower courts and uphold Proposition 8. That is the right outcome based on the law and based on the principle that voters hold the ultimate power over basic policy judgments and their decisions are entitled to respect.”
NOM was the largest contributor to qualifying Proposition 8 to the ballot and has been a major supporter of legal efforts to uphold it. The trial court in San Francisco—in a trial presided over by a homosexual judge involved in a long-term same-sex relationship—invalidated Prop 8, finding for the first time in American history a right to same-sex marriage under the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision written by Justice Stephen Reinhart, largely ignored the trial court’s reasoning and fashioned a ruling devoid of precedent, claiming that once a state has “approved” same-sex marriage, it cannot take it away. But California voters never approved gay marriage. Instead, a sharply divided state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, imposed gay marriage. Voters overruled it with the passage of Proposition 8 several months later.
“Had the Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts’ decisions invalidating Proposition 8, it could simply have declined to grant certiorari in the case,” Eastman said. “It’s a strong signal that the justices are concerned with the rogue rulings that have come out of San Francisco at both the trial court and appellate levels. It’s worth noting that Judge Reinhart is the most overruled judge in America. I think this case will add to his record.”
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