Monday, January 11, 2010

Gay Marriage in US Federal Court

Opponents of California Prop. 8 are challenging the amendment US Federal Court.

gaymarriage Opponents and defenders of homosexual marriage in California go toe to toe Monday in a potentially epic court showdown that could decide the future of gay unions in the United States.

The plaintiffs are challenging Proposition 8, whose approval by 52 percent of California voters in a November 2008 referendum annulled a state supreme court decision that authorized homosexual unions.

Federal court Judge Vaughn Walker agreed to hear the suit filed by proponents of gay marriage and said it was a constitutional issue that belonged in a federal court, despite objections from those who oppose giving same sex couples the right to marry.

"This lawsuit is an attempt by Judge Walker to put the voters of California on trial, and it's wrong. Walker has not dealt with this properly. He doesn't care about the law," Brian Brown, director of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes gay marriage, told AFP.

Proposition 8 amended the California constitution to state that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the state of California."…

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The lawsuit does not put the voters of California on trial.  It seeks to overturn a an amendment to the Constitution of California, because it violates the US Constitution.

7 comments:

Stimpson said...

Yes, what ridiculous hyperbole/sophistry. Challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8 isn't putting voters on trial; it's merely making sure the U.S. Constitution is being followed. With his comment, Brian Brown puts himself in the lead for A-hole of the Month.

Middle Ditch said...

What rot

Lisa G. said...

NOM (National Organization for Marriage) should be declared a hate group. The pollution these people spout is criminal.

Stimpson, you are correct. Are they afraid it won't withstand a Constitutional challenge? Yes, because they know it won't.

HILLBLOGGER said...

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Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

Gosh knows where this is going to go TC... but Stimpson and Lisa G have my ditto.

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

Hillblogger: what a wonderful film! Everyone should hit that link! Rahr! for TC!

TomCat said...

Stimpson, Lisa, and Monique: Ditto

Anna, the countdawn from 99 seemed interminable, but the message... I am sooo touched. Thank you!! {{{blush}}}

Thanks Gwen.