California Republican gubernatorial nominee and billionaire former eBay CEO Meg Whitman was a major supporter of Proposition 8. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown have refused to defend the ballot initiative in court.
Whitman said, "The issue right now is, as I understand is 'Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?'And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court." Whitman's campaign later told The Bee that she would become a defendant in the appeal of Walker's ruling if needed.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who declared the initiative unconstitutional August 4 in a landmark ruling, has suggested that only the state has "standing" to defend the law. The appeal will be heard in San Francisco on December 6th.
Courage Campaign Director Rick Jacobs has challenged Whitman: "She wouldn't be governor yet. The appeals court will decide before there would be a change of governor and attorney general...You're going to see us making it clear that Meg Whitman is unqualified to be governor on any stand."