Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jerry Brown Changes Position on Proposition (h)8

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Brief Opposing the Measure Filed With State Supreme Court

Friday, Jerry Brown filed a brief asking the State Supreme Court of California to invalidated Proposition 8. He states that he agrees with opponents of the measure that the path taken to the ballot was inappropriate for a measre that results in the stripping of already held rights and protections away from an already historically marginalized minority group. The result of the measure makes it a major revision to the State Constitution, therefore to reach the referendum ballot it would require a 2/3's vote in the state legislature before being put before the people.

From L.A. Times blog "L.A. Now:"

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."

Supporters of Proposition (h)8, including that chubby, smirking pissant, Rick Warren, are said to be enraged.

God Bless Jerry Brown, his opposition before the State Supreme Court will be Kenneth Starr.