Shhh…don’t tell Randy Thomasson that he is an idiot. The president of SaveCalifornia.com apparently has no understanding or comprehension about what happened when the US Supreme Court ordered the Ninth District Court of Appeals to vacate their stay keeping Prop 8 in force.
Thomasson claims that “Prop. 8 is still enforceable statewide until an appellate court declares it unconstitutional. Neither the California Supreme Court nor the U.S. Supreme Court has done so, and the federal appeals court ruling has been vacated.”
Thomasson went on to claim to OneNewsNow that California officials and federal judges have been flexing some kind of tyrannical power by not upholding the law and that “A tyrant is a person in power who ignores the Constitution and the rule of law. They do what they feel like and they dress it up as the law.”
OneNewsNow is a propaganda machine for the Christian Right, and never bothered to double check the veracity of Thomasson’s statements.
When the US Supreme Court handed down their ruling, what they said was that those like Thomasson who defended Prop 8 in the appellate court did not have standing to do so. That is, they were not, legally, capable of defending the amendment in court beyond in the original district court where Judge Vaughn Walker had the discretion to allow them to defend it in place of the people named in the suit.
Once the Ninth vacated not only their ruling- effectively striking it from the record- and vacated their stay on Walker’s ruling going into effect, the only ruling in the case to stand is that of Judge Walker.
Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. That means that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The appellate court has no say in whether or not Prop 8 is unconstitutional.
In other words, Thomasson is trying to stir up hatred and is doing so unchallenged.
Prop 8 is dead. Get over it.