Friday, July 24, 2009

California Homosexualists Fight Each Other over Prop 8 Lawsuit

The city of San Francisco wants to intervene in a federal lawsuit attempting to overturn California voters' support for traditional marriage. One "gay-rights" organization is accusing other homosexualists "of trying to sabotage the case."

-- From "San Francisco wants a say in Prop. 8 lawsuit" by Bob Egelko, San Fran. Chronicle Staff Writer 7/24/09

The leader of an organization that filed the suit against Proposition 8 has already accused established gay-rights groups of trying to undermine the case and promised to oppose their attempt to intervene. San Francisco raised the stakes Thursday by filing a similar motion with Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 19.

The city would add "a unique local government perspective" to the case, along with its extensive legal experience in defending gay and lesbian rights, if allowed to intervene, City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office said in court papers.

The city and leading gay-rights groups have been allowed to file written arguments supporting the challenge to Prop. 8. But only the plaintiffs -two couples and an organization represented by attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies, adversaries in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential election case - have the right to direct the case, negotiate with defenders of Prop. 8 and file appeals.

Gay-rights advocates and the city of San Francisco, plaintiffs in the state court case against Prop. 8, had steered clear of federal issues that might have given the U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction to rule on same-sex marriage. Now that the dispute is in federal court, however, the state plaintiffs want to join the argument but redefine the case.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Also read earlier article: S.F. asks federal judge to toss Prop. 8