Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

9th Circuit announces Prop 8 filing deadlines

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced a briefing schedule in the federal Proposition 8 case. A three-judge panel is expected to decide next week an appeal from protectmarriage.com, which has asked the court for another stay preventing same-sex marriages from taking place in California. That action was taken following Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walkers order Thursday to lift the stay on his August 4 decision declaring California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Walker’s stay on the marriages expires at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.

Today, the three federal judges on the motions panel hearing the appeal – Edward Leavy, Michael Daly Hawkins (pictured at right), and Sidney R. Thomas – issued an order granting the appellants’ motion to exceed page limitations. The appellees’ (plaintiffs Kristen Perry, et al) response to the motion for stay pending appeal, is due by 11 p.m. tonight. Then the appellants reply is due by 9 a.m. Monday.

The three judges include two Democrats and one Republican. Leavy was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He is semi-retired. and has served as judge in state and federal courts in Oregon since 1957, according to the Associated Press. Hawkins was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He also appointed Thomas in 1995. Hawkins is based in Phoenix while Thomas is based in Montana. According to reports, he made President Barack Obama’s short list to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy that was just filled by Elena Kagan.

— Cynthia Laird, August 13, 2010 @ 2:28 pm PST
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