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News Posted on May 15, 2013

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Prop 8 and Supreme Court for Bloomberg Businessweek

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for Bloomberg Businessweek on scenarios that may result following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on California's Proposition 8.  Many analysts have suggested, based upon oral arguments in the case, that the Court may sidestep the constitutional issues involved and instead decide that backers of the 2008 initiative lacked standing to bring the case. 

Such a ruling might mean "a quick death for Prop. 8," said Professor Amar, who was one of the first, if not the first commentator to fully lay out the argument that the sponsors may lack standing.  "But it's also quite possible -- maybe more likely -- that it will take some time before we know which couples, beyond the two couples who sued, would be able to get their licenses."

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.