In a move that further infuriated backers of Prop. 8, Judge Walker last week indicated that he did not believe that the official proponents of Prop. 8, ProtectMarriage.com, would be able to appeal the case since the official defendants, Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, have refused to defend the voter-approved law.
Attorney Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit has recognized the importance of maintaining voter-approved traditional marriage pending further examination of this case. We strongly believe that the official proponents of Prop. 8 have legal standing in this case, and it would create a constitutional crisis if the courts were to deny any opportunity for the people of California to defend their own enactment simply because their elected representatives refuse to do so.”