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.

Prop8Says the letter:

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.



  1. Paul R says

    It’s unusual because court decisions are revealed at the same time to everyone. Yes, it’s common sense for SF to want to be prepared for the ruling, but just knowing its date and time will be enough. There will be plenty of public response–and thus a need for police response–no matter what the decision.

    I realize that the city doesn’t want another White Night riot, but police are going to have to be out in full force even if people are jubilant! Though of course the decision of the 9th District Court won’t be the end of the game unless the Supreme Court declines to review the case—the big unknown.

  2. DearComrade says

    No need to be upset by this. Whether a protest against a decision or in celebration of one, the city is prudent to ask for advanced notice. At the least it will probably help get the word out a little early on the pending announcement. Calling in several hundred cops for overtime is sure to leak out.

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