While supporters of same-sex marriage welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to review the Prop 8 case, supporters of California's ban on same-sex marriage also cheered the news.
All but lost in the flurry of news releases and conference calls is that supporters of Prop 8 asked the court to review the case, after losing at the district and appellate level. Opponents of Prop 8 actually asked the court not to review it, although lead counsel Ted Olson and David Boies have throughout seen it as a goal to get the case before the nine justices.
"Every one of the numerous legal steps we have taken for the past four years has been in anticipation of this moment," Andy Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, said in a statement. "Arguing this case before the Supreme Court finally gives us a chance at a fair hearing, something that hasn’t been afforded to the People since we began this fight."
"We are delighted that the nation’s highest court will decide whether to uphold the will of more than seven million Californians who voted to preserve the unique definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman," Pugno said.
Charles Cooper, lead counsel for the supporters of Prop 8, said, "The Supreme Court has made it very clear that the age-old definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is constitutional as a matter of public policy. The lower court decisions in the Proposition 8 case essentially rejected all relevant Supreme Court and appellate court precedent. We are hopeful and confident that the Supreme Court will uphold its precedent."