At Last: Prop 8 Decision Coming Wednesday

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s staff sent word that he will issue his decision in the Prop 8 trial some time on Wednesday.

The e-mail announcement said that the decision would be posted online and at courthouses in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. He’s poised to decide whether California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Constitution.

The court said there would be no proceeding accompanying the order.

Walker heard closing arguments in the case on June 14, after a January trial that lasted nearly three weeks.

Whatever his decision, the losing side is expected to appeal to the Ninth Circuit, and the case could end up in the Supreme Court.

Update: Plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, as well as Ted Olson and David Boies and Griffin, will have a news conference in San Francisco immediately after the decision, as well as another event later in the day in West Hollywood. 

The org that is pressing the case, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is backed by a group of Hollywood activists led by political adviser Chad Griffin.

Another update: A court spokeswoman says that the decision will be posted online sometime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, David Fleischer writes in the Los Angeles Times today that, contrary to exit polls, African American voters did not make the difference in whether Prop 8 passed. Rather, parents with children under 18 did, proving the effectiveness of advertising that claimed that children would be taught all about same-sex relationships in school.

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