We live in an aristocracy of the boni.
The power and authority of citizens to determine their own laws by legal process doesn't exist. If the boni decide that the people's choice is "unfashionable," then the people are overruled.
From Legal Insurrection:
Understand this was a result of California officials refusing to defend the law on appeal. Regardless of the merits underlying the suit, the Court just validated the ability of public officials to deprive federal courts of jurisdiction by virtue of the officials failure to fulfill their public duties.
What makes it even more confusing is that if the proponents of Prop 8 had no standing to defend the law on appeal, why would they have standing even in the District Court. If not standing, then there was not an actual case and controversy, and Judge Walker had no authority to rule. Here’s ScotusBlog’s explanation: