January 4, 2011
by Adam Bink
Shannon is the Legal Director at National Center for Lesbian Rights, and was the lead attorney on In re Marriage Cases, which was the original 2008 California Supreme Court case holding that the ban restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples is unconstitutional and that laws treating gays and lesbians differently because of their sexual orientation are subject to strict judicial scrutiny. He’s a respected voice in the legal community fighting for LGBT equality, and a friend of P8TT who we’re happy to have stop by. Chris also worked on the 2008 marriage case as a senior member of the legal team. You may remember Shannon and NCLR senior staff attorney Chris from our earlier Prop 8 Q&A chat a few months ago, which hit 300 comments and well over a hundred questions answered.
To set the stage, today the 9th Circuit (a) decided to submit a question relating to whether proponents of Prop 8 have standing under state law, and how that can be reconciled with federal law with respect to Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona (b) Ruled that Imperial County has no standing in this case (c) did not make a decision on the constitutionality of Prop 8.
A couple logistical notes:
- If you have a question, please leave it in the comments below. You can leave a comment with a question by clicking “Add your own” just above where the comments start. This comment thread may get long, so if you have a question, please preface your question with “Question:” or “Q:” so Shannon and Chris can easily distinguish between general comments and questions so as to get to as many as possible.
- Shannon and Chris are going to get to as many different questions from different people as possible. If you have a follow-up question to one of their responses, or a different take on something, whether as a response to your question or someone else’s, please leave a comment with the question/response, and time permitting he will go back through to get to as many follow-up questions/comments as possible.
- They have agreed to stick around for at least 45 minutes, and longer if he has time (and if he’s having fun!).
- For first-time commenters here, two things. One is that you don’t need an account to comment. Two is that to reply to a comment, make sure to hit “reply” between the comment you’re looking at and the next comment. You can also use “@username”. An example: “@adambink: This is a response to your comment immediately below. I believe [substance of your comment]” or “@Shannon Minter: Thanks for the response.” Your response will then appear below the comment you wished to respond to, and it helps make things clearer for those reading along.
So please welcome Shannon and Chris, click “Add your own” below, make sure to preface with “Question: or “Q:”, and fire away!