Friday, December 19, 2008

CA Att.Gen. Brown Files Suit to Overturn Prop 8

Update: Here is a copy of Brown's December 17 Press Release with attachments for his briefs.

Read it here at the Los Angeles Times.

It is the attorney general's duty to defend the state's laws, and after gay rights activists filed legal challenges to Proposition 8, which amended the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, Brown said he planned to defend the proposition as enacted by the people of California.

But after studying the matter, Brown concluded that "Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification."

Backers of Proposition 8 expressed anger at Brown's decision not to honor the will of voters, who approved the measure in November. "It's outrageous,"said Frank Schubert, campaign manager for Proposition 8.

Kudos to Jerry Brown!