Professor Joslin Comments on Ninth Circuit Prop. 8 Decision for KFBK
Professor Courtney Joslin commented for a report on KFBK Newstalk about the most recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision regarding California's Proposition 8. On June 5, a majority of the Ninth Circuit judges declined a petition for en banc review of the February 2012 ruling that upheld U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning the same-sex marriage ban.
Professor Joslin said that although Prop. 8 supporters have announced that they will seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of the case, the Ninth Circuit ruling is so specific to the particular circumstances in California that the Court may decline or postpone hearing it. By comparison, the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act "affects a huge number of couples across the country" and "presents an issue the Court might feel is more important to resolve right away."
Professor Joslin is a scholar in the field of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and non-marital couples.