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Friday, December 19, 2008

'Prop 8 must be invalidated', Attorney General says to Supreme Court (Breaking News)

Breaking News:

In an unexpected reversal, California's Attorney General, Jerry Brown, boldly claimed today that "Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," and in a lengthy filing to California's Supreme Court, he argued that the measure was "inconsistent with the guarantees of individual liberty" in California's governing charter.

As Attorney General he is responsible for reviewing the process and naming of measures for elections in California, and was the one who renamed Proposition 8 before the election to more accurately reflect it's "elimination of rights". Brown is now caught in the delicate balancing act of supporting the legality of an unconstitutional ballot measure that he originally approved. Why allow Prop 8 to be put on the ballot in the first place? Maybe, like many Californians, he thought it would never pass.

More from SFGate.

In similar news, sponsors of the California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage are seeking to nullify thousands of marriages between gay and lesbian couples performed legally between June and November of 2008. An estimated 18,000 same-sex couples took advantage of legal marriage during that time. CNN has details.

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