Monday, September 27, 2010

Virginia and 9 Other States File Brief Supporting Prop 8

It's bad enough that the idiotic voters of Virginia elected hatemonger Ken Cuccinelli to be our attorney general, but it now looks like Cooch is no longer content to keep his bigotry within the confines of the Old Dominion. The Wyoming Star-Tribune reports that Virginia is one of ten states filing an amicus brief in the appeal of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the case that resulted in the overturning of California's Proposition 8.
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming and nine other states will file a legal brief today saying a federal court "exceeded its judicial authority" when it ruled that the U.S. Constitution requires legal marriage to include same-sex couples.

In the amicus brief, which will be filed late this afternoon in the case of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the states disagree with the court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right.

The brief also asserts that individual states, not the federal court system, have final say in decisions about whether to allow same-sex marriages.

In August, a federal district judge ruled in the case that California's Proposition 8, a voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage, was illegal on federal constitutional grounds. All previous court cases on gay marriage cited state constitutions. The case is currently on appeal; both sides have said they expect the case to ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

The other states joining the brief are Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. The brief doesn't mean the states will join the lawsuit. Amicus briefs are often submitted in court cases by outside parties to volunteer their opinions on cases.
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1 comment:

  1. Why is it that we grow to almost expect more of this crap from our it is just a normal thing now.? There in lies the real harm of chronic oppression...the diminishment of our response to it over time. Surely our outrage needs to grow and never diminish. My God Virginia...are we listening ?


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