Welcome back from the long weekend — and summer break.
Today attorneys for the American Foundation for Equal Rights will argue that defenders of Proposition 8 do not have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision declaring California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Ted Olson and David Boies will present oral arguments before the California Supreme Court, in proceedings that will be webcast on the Calilifornia Channel starting at 10 a.m. Defenders of Prop 8 also will present their argument that they do have standing because the governor and attorney general have refused to defend the initiative passed by voters in November, 2008.
The case is back in the hands of the state Supreme Court at the request of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which wants its guidance as it considers how to proceed. If the decision is that the defenders of Prop 8 lack standing, it very well could mean that same-sex nuptial could proceed in California and there will be no showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court with nationwide implications on the marriage question.
Meanwhile, a decision is pending by U.S. District Judge James Ware on whether to release videotapes of the proceedings of the January, 2010, Prop 8 trial.
Speechwriter to Screenwriter: Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett is headed to Hollywood. Following in the footsteps of Mike Murphy, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ben Stein, each of whom have pursued careers from a D.C. perch, Lovett plans to try to get a ‘MASH” update and Washington-based political comedy off the ground. (Washington Post)
9/11 Remembrance: The Kaplan Stahler Agency is underwriting the Tennis for Tots event on Sept. 24 in honor of David Angell and his wife, Lynn, who died when the first plane struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. (BLTV)