A federal court has granted attorneys with a Christian legal firm a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, filed the order granting the motion on Wednesday. Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will intervene on behalf of ProtectMarriage.com, the main proponents of Proposition 8 – Californias constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
“The people of California want marriage to remain as the union between one man and one woman; they made their voice clear last November at the polls,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum in a statement released Friday. “Yet this lawsuit begs the court to nullify the voices of more than 7 million California voters, as well as put an end to the federal law on marriage.”
Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer, who have been in a committed relationship for over 10 years, filed suit against the state of California and the United States of America in December 2008, claiming that both Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act violate the U.S. constitution, specifically the Equal Protection Clause.
The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act DOMA, enacted under the Clinton administration, defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize same-sex marriages from another state.
via the Christian Post: ADF Attorneys to Defend Prop 8 and DoMA