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Our now there are new concerns about voters' rights in California.
After the US Supreme Court allowed gay marriage to resume in that state ruling that ordinary citizens could not legally defend the law and federal court.
Critics worry the ruling will put all ballot measures in jeopardy limiting the right of voters to pass laws without government.
-- -- and on the story at a San Francisco Claudia Claudia.
Good morning bill ballot initiatives like proposition eight give voters a way to get around what they see -- -- on responsive or even -- -- government.
But because the justices ruled on the standing issue rather than on the merits in -- prop eight case.
It essentially requires that very same government to defend voter approved laws in federal court.
Something elected officials may not want to do with for instance the law calls for campaign finance reform.
Legal experts say while the ruling as a victory for gay rights advocates they should also be concerned because next time they could find themselves without legal standing.
If a law they supported is challenged in federal court -- elected officials refused to defend it.
I think even left of center groups who read the decision.
Are now concerned about their ability.
To move forward with initiatives and have an adequate defense in the courts -- of those initiatives.
Experts worry the ruling could breeds cynicism people might feel their vote doesn't count -- no one's willing or able to protect their interest in federal court.
One likely remedy to all -- another ballot measure that says if there is a federal lawsuit initiative proponents could act as agents of the state.
To say that win.
Individual's -- for an initiative they -- also authorized or deputized in the proponents to be able to defend that initiative in court.
Most experts predicted this would be a form of an amendment to California's constitution and that it would get broad bipartisan support because they say they'll.
This is not an ideological issue it's about procedure and having adequate legal representation perhaps more to come then Claudia thank you -- calendar in San Francisco.
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