Monday, August 10, 2009

Gay Marriage Squabble

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn Proposition 8 and legalize same-sex marriage have asked a judge to ban other gay rights groups from entering the case. According to the Chron, the plaintiffs, which include a lesbian couple from Berkeley, along with a Southern California political strategist and several Hollywood figures - all represented by famed lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies - are worried that other gay rights groups may sabotage their case because they don't think the federal courts are ready to legalize same-sex nuptials. Attorneys for the other gay rights groups have not yet responded.

Meanwhile, opponents of Prop. 8 likely will decide this week whether to launch an initiative to overturn the measure in the 2010 or 2012 election, the Chron reports. Organizers need to gather about 1 million signatures to qualify for the ballot and must submit their ballot measure to the Secretary of State's Office by September 25 if they want to qualify for the November 2010 election.

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