August 22, 2011

Viewing the Prop 8 oral argument

As we’ve previously mentioned, the Supreme Court has set oral argument in Perry v. Brown, S189476, for Tuesday, September 6, at 10 a.m. In case anyone doesn’t know by now, in Perry, the Court will answer the Ninth Circuit’s certified question regarding whether the proponents of the Proposition 8 ballot measure outlawing gay marriage in California have standing under California law to appeal the federal district court’s ruling invalidating that initiative on federal constitutional grounds. So how do you make sure you see the Perry argument live, as it happens? As explained here on the California Courts website, your safest bet is to catch the live statewide television broadcast on The California Channel. But if you feel the need to be closer to the action, “[a] limited number of seats for public and press will be available in the courtroom”—and yeah, good luck getting one of those. Failing that, “[t]he court also will provide an overflow viewing area for the public and press in the Milton Marks Conference Center Auditorium, located on the lower level of the Hiram Johnson State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.” To add just a hint of irony, it was Hiram Johnson who, as California’s governor in 1911, ushered in the state’s initiative process.

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