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CA Governor Refuses To Defend Prop 8

Jim Burroway

June 18th, 2009

Last Week, California Attorney General Gerald Brown filed a brief as a defendant in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, et al., the court challenge against Proposition 8 brought by high-profile attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies. In that brief, Brown refused to defend the constitutionality of Prop 8, calling it a violation of the Due Process clause and the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Today, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to defend the constitutionality of Prop 8, telling the Federal Court judge that the legality of the measure is for the courts to decide. The governor’s neutral stance means that there is no statewide official willing to defend Prop 8 in federal court.

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Dan
June 19th, 2009 | LINK

In Schwarzenegger’s defense… He’s at least being consistent.

occono
June 19th, 2009 | LINK

^Um, why does he need to be defended for not defending Prop 8.?

Ben in Oakland
June 19th, 2009 | LINK

Because he promsied to fight AGAINST 8 before the campaign, then disappeared during the campaign. Arnie has a great deal wo make up for. His VERY VOCAL opposition to 8, had he bothered to express it, might not have turned the tide, but it certainly would have made the margin even closer.

Dennis
June 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Arnie is amazing. Won’t sign a bill by the legislature, leave it up to the people or the courts. Won’t define just who the people are other than ‘majority’ but let’s minority hang out to dry. Won’t take a stand in the courts. Sounds like just say no, some leader!

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