Although the parties from both sides may begin filing their respective briefs in March, the court has scheduled it's ruling for September.
So let me boil this down for you. When Judge Walker ruled the prop 8 was unconstitutional, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Attorney General (now governor) Jerry Brown, who were named as defendants in the case, decided not to appeal the ruling, allowing the ruling to stand.
The folks at ProtectMarriage.com and a bunch of other homo haters decided that they would appeal the ruling, even though they were not named in the case and do not work for or represent the state of California. What the CA Supremes decided yesterday was that they would hear the case and decide whether or not ProtectMarriage.com and the rest have legal standing to pursue appeal Walker's ruling. Our side contends that they do not.
The Courage Campaign has been keeping score and posting all the latest updates on the case at Prop8TrialTracker.com. The organization's founder Rick Jacobs issued a press release yesterday in response to this latest development:
“Today’s California Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that a federal court has ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, but it does mean that thousands of loving LGBT families remain in legal limbo—unable to exercise their constitutional right to access the security and recognition that only comes with marriage.I can't help but notice a certain whiny tone to this statement. Nobody expected this to be resolved quickly or easily, especially someone who is the self-appointed expert in the case. Seriously Rick, can we maintain a little dignity here? Okay, September is 6 1/2 months away, but it's not the end of the world. We're grownups and we understand that these things take time. Stop asking "Are we there yet?" Quit your whining or I'm pulling this blog over and coming back there! If I hear one more word, no dessert!
It is unfortunate that while many California families are able to marry at a time and place of their choosing, equally loving LGBT families must endure months and years of legal uncertainty. They have waited long enough.
That is why we are asking the California Supreme Court to move expeditiously to resolve the standing question once and for all. And we are confident that no matter what their decision, Judge Walker’s ruling will ultimately be upheld and the days of second class citizenship for thousands of California families will be relegated to the dustbin of history.”