California Cities Filing Suit Against Prop 8

[Santa Cruz, CA] leaders could be joining other cities around the state in a lawsuit to challenge the passage of Proposition 8 — the successful measure that took away the right of same-sex couples to marry — on the grounds the measure is unconstitutional.

“It’s an important issue and the city needs to play a role,” said Mayor Ryan Coonerty, who hopes to bring the proposal before the City Council at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Coonerty said he was especially motivated to bring the issue up after hastily marrying gay couples last weekend and on Election Day that were worried they would not have the right to wed much longer.

“It’s shocking that people are forced into these situations, where they’re rushing to get married because they don’t know what their legal status will be,” Coonerty said. “It’s shameful.”

Voters on Tuesday overturned this year’s state Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage possible. Proposition 8 amends California’s Constitution to define marriage as between a woman and a man.

Coonerty said the city would likely join a suit with leaders in San Francisco to argue that the proposition was illegal because it took away a fundamental constitutional right from a select group of people. Before such propositions can go to the ballot, supporters allege, the state Legislature must approve them. That did not happen.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a similar court petition.

via San Jose Mercury NewsSanta Cruz may join legal fight against Proposition 8

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