Anticipating Protests, City of San Francisco Asks Court for Advance Notice on Prop 8 Ruling
Think Progress LGBT points out an unusual letter sent yesterday from the City of San Francisco to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals requesting advance notice of any decision related to the federal case challenging Proposition 8.
In several prior instances when decisions have been issued relating to the marriage rights of same-sex couples, there have been large gatherings, including protesters, at the courthouses and in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. . . . In any instance where crowds of protesters gather, and particularly where the issue is as emotional and contested as this one, it is helpful for the San Francisco Police Department to be aware of the gathering in advance to plan for and deploy an adequate number of officers to the areas where protests are likely to occur. We would therefore be grateful if the Court could provide advance notice of its intention to issue its decision in this case.