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California's Proposition 8 in Federal Court

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On July 30, 2012, California Proposition 8 proponents petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari.  In Hollingsworth v. Perry, petitioners (the original “Defendant-Intervenors”) asked the Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion in Perry v. Brown (671 F. 3d 1052), which affirmed the district court’s determination that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional (Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 704 F. Supp. 2d 921). The Court granted certiorari, held that petitioners lacked standing to appeal the district court's order (570 U.S. 693), and vacated the judgment of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

We have prepared a timeline of key events, and gathered the main briefs and opinions, for the Prop. 8 federal cases leading up to the Hollingsworth petition.  These are intended as highlight compilations only. 

The information on these pages was originally gathered by Reference Librarian Rachael G. Samberg, and was last updated on August 10, 2012. It was transferred to this site and reformatted in February 2020, but has not been updated, other than the addition of archival links and some contextual information. These materials were gathered before the Court granted certiorari in Hollingsworth, so they do not include any documents from the U.S. Supreme Court other than the petition. 

For briefs and other filings in the case before the Supreme Court, see SCOTUSblog's page on Hollingsworth. For the original documents on which these pages are based, see below: