Stoll, Chris

Chris Stoll is a staff attorney fo the National Center for Lesbian Rights

CA Supreme Court Should Not Give Unprecedented Powers to Prop 8 Supporters

By Shannon Minter, Esq., and Christopher Stoll, Esq.
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Yesterday morning, the California Supreme Court heard arguments on an important issue of California law that may affect whether the sponsors of Proposition 8 can continue to pursue their federal court appeal in Perry v. Brown, the case challenging Prop 8 (read background on the case).

NCLR Overview of Yesterday's CA Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8

By Chris Stoll, Esq.
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Yesterday in the federal court challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the California Supreme Court agreed to accept a question sent to it last month by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and provided a timeline for the briefing and argument on that question. The question posed to the California Supreme Court by the Ninth Circuit panel is whether California law gives ballot initiative sponsors the extraordinary power to override the decisions of elected state officials about how to litigate court challenges to state laws.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in California

By Chris Stoll
National Center for Lesbian Rights

On August 4, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker issued a decision in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger concluding that Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marrying, violates the United States Constitution. Judge Walker wrote a 136-page decision that analyzed all the evidence submitted in the three-week trial. He ruled that Prop 8 violates the federal constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. The group that put Prop 8 on the ballot, known as the Prop 8 “proponents,” has appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral argument in the case on December 6, 2010.  

The Appeal – What’s Happening Now and What We Can Expect