Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Prop 8 Decision Rumored to be Thursday

UPDATED: May 20 2009 -- No opinions were announced for filing on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
There is no pending notice of forthcoming opinion filings. When opinions are expected to file, notices are generally posted the day before. Opinions are normally filed Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

From Twitter we have a blip of very telling information:

"Just drove by the Castro, police setting up barricades. Prop 8 might be decided on Thursday. 30th anniversary of White Night riots."

Further reinforcement of this rumor is found on Pam's House Blend:

"I don't have anything to confirm this, but I'm getting all sorts of emails right now about police putting barricades up around the courthouse, indicating there will be an announcement of the day of decision with the decision itself coming on Thursday."

We know that the California Supreme Court announces it's decisions on Mondays and Thursdays. If it were to announce on a Thursday it will give notice on Wednesday that the decision will be announced the following day. It seems we should all expect California's long awaited Prop 8 decision Thursday, and by the looks of the preparations we should expect a negative outcome.

I expect people to be outraged and take to the streets if a negative opinion is served, but do so PEACEFULLY! There is no honor in creating mayhem, and it only serves to reinforce negative opinions against us that are out of character for the GLBT community as a whole.

The power to change the world lies in our ability to stand united in peace against the wrongs inflicted upon us. Let these words ring for all eternity: "United we must be!"


John said...

I wouldn't read the preparation as portending a negative outcome.

The police have to be prepared for violence regadless of the outcome.

Pat Gozemba said...

Barricades in the Castro do not mean a negative decision. Our people will be celebrating in the Castro if the vote goes our way. We will be in the Castro no matter what.

jelly said...

I hope there is some good news on Thursday for California!

Good luck!!

Fannie said...

I hope for a positive outcome, but I don't expect one.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

I feel like we have had so much luck this year that the other shoe is now waiting to drop. I hope for the best, but I am prepared mentally for bad news if it comes.

It would be a huge step forward if the courts decided they couldn't allow discrimination via vote of the populace. That precedent would effect all states and mark a major shift in policy. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

pngwnz said...

Unfortunately that turned out not to be the Day of Decision. We're still waiting here in CA. Any encouragement is appreciated - and I'm still trying to be positive about the outcome - but I'm emotionally prepping for the other possibility.

Regardless there is a lot of work to be done in so many other states.

Thank-you John Hosty-Grinnell for trying to keep up!

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

We do what we can, thanks for the kind words. There's a funny thing that's happening in Massachusetts now; it seems people are starting to move on. Even our own normally most active people are starting to get complacent and disinterested.

I'm not saying that we are done and there's nothing left to fight for, but we have such a social level of acceptance that we have started to lose focus of what still needs addressing.

So it really is no small feet to get people around here active enough to be involved in other states that are close by, let alone on the other side of the country. Hostages were taken and threats were made just to get some volunteers to go to New Hampshire and lobby directly, so you see what I mean? ;)

I have a question for you; do you think they would give a negative opinion when they are getting so close to Gay Pride Week? At the worst is could spell disaster, at the best it would be in poor taste. My point is that if they were going to give a negative opinion it is my expectation they would have given it far earlier in the month so as to distance it from when a bunch of GLBT are already congregated for obvious reasons. What do you think?

Anyone please feel free to jump in the conversation.

playwrighter said...

The Court will issue its ruling this weekend...

massmarrier said...

Word on Friday from the SF Chronicle is that the decision comes down Tuesday. The article bets that the high court will uphold Prop. 8, while keeping the 18,000-plus marriages conducted in the legal SSM window.