Saturday, December 20, 2008
Having Jerry Brown as California's Attorney General does make a difference
From the state Attorney General's Web site: Attorney General Brown Urges California Supreme Court to Invalidate Proposition 8, 12/19/08. Prop 8, aka, Prop Hate, being the ban on same-sex marriages that passed by a narrow majority in November on a statewide vote following a dishonest campaign by supporters like America's-pastor wannabee, Rick Warren.
The state Attorney General's position require that he or she defend any state law that has been properly enacted, unless there is a compelling legal reason not to do so. Brown argues in the brief he filed with the state Supreme Court that the law violates fundamental guarantees of personal freedom guaranteed by the state constitution. His brief against Proposition Hate is available online. See also Memorandum for more references on this story.
The brief for the Yes on 8 campaign was filed by another world-famous person, Pepperdine University Dean Kenneth Starr. Yes, that Kenneth Starr, who is to legal ethics what FOX News is to journalism. See Brown asks state high court to overturn Prop. 8 by Bob Egelko San Francisco Chronicle 12/20/08; Ken Starr Is Coming After Your Marriage by Robert in Monterey, Calitics 12/19/08.
Jerry Brown in his younger years spent several years in a Jesuit seminary studying to become a priest. If Rick Warren puts his foot in his mouth seriously enough the next few weeks so that Obama has to cut him loose the way he did Wesley Clark (for no good reason in Clark's case), he can ask Brown to come give the inaugural invocation.
Tags: jerry brown, lgbt rights, proposition 8, proposition hate
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