Local Reaction on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Prop 8
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The Supreme Court announced Friday they will take up gay marriage cases including California's Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.)
After years of battle, Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional and now sits in front of the nation's highest court.
The court's decision to take the case, delays same-sex marriage in California and could ban it for good.
George Zander with Equality California says the Supreme Court's announcement is a mixed bag.
"I'm disappointed for people who have to continue to wait, but on the other side, I think the benefits of this are going to be very very positive," said Zander.
Proponents of Prop 8 are pleased by the court's decision.
"I think it's a good thing, I think it's a good thing, I would trust the Supreme Court more than I would trust the state."
This Palm Springs man, who fears his comments could cause retaliation, is in a same sex partnership, but he says marriage is between a man and a woman.
"I think marriage should not be redefined as two gays, two lesbians, marriage for the past 4,000 years has been between a man and a woman, I think they all deserve equal rights," said the Palm Springs man.
At Equality California, George Zander has been working towards equal rights for decades.
"The Prop 8 one is about blatant discrimination of majority vote taking away a civil right of all these folks, and that's unconstitutional, and that's what three federal courts have already decided," said Zander.
People on both sides of Prop 8 will be watching closely as the Supreme Court rules in 2013.
"Whatever they rule, I'll adhere to it, but I just think we have domestic partnerships, we can have civil ceremonies," said the anonymous Palm Springs man.
"I feel optimistic because of our past history at the federal level and the fact that these cases are wrapped strictly around discrimination against American citizens," said Zander.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear the cases in March, and come back with a ruling in late June.