CA Supreme Court denies bid to block marriage amendment


SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has refused to hear an Equality California lawsuit that sought to remove the Protect Marriage Amendment from the November ballot.

The group filed suit June 20 in an effort to block the measure, known as Proposition 8. The suit was filed just days after California counties began to issue same-sex marriage licenses by order of that same court.

"Equality California and its allies were desperate to evade the democratic process," said Brian Raum, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, which represents the Protect Marriage Coalition, sponsors of the measure. "We're pleased the court did not allow them to silence the people's voice this November as well. The opponents of marriage have proven that they are willing to use any means necessary to impose their will."

The Secretary of State certified on June 3 that the measure qualified to be on the ballot after more than 1.2 million signatures were gathered.

If approved by voters, Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act, will add the following words to California's constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

In 2000, more than 61% of California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 22 which upheld the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. This past May, activist judges in S an Francisco overthrew the vote of the people by overturning Proposition 22. In response, Proposition 8 has been placed on the November ballot in an effort to uphold the definition of marriage by Constitutional Amendment.

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