Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 329

Declaration of Kaiponanea T. Matsumura in Support of #328 Memorandum in Opposition re Motion to Intervene filed byPaul T. Katami, Kristin M. Perry, Sandra B. Stier, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A, #2 Exhibit B, #3 Exhibit C, #4 Exhibit D, #5 Exhibit E, #6 Exhibit F)(Related document(s) #328 ) (Olson, Theodore) (Filed on 12/30/2009)

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Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al Doc. 329 Att. 1 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document329-2 Filed12/30/09 Page1 of 4 Exhibit B Calif AG, gov oppose suspending gay marriage ban - California - Page 1 of 3 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document329-2 Filed12/30/09 Page2 of 4 U-T SUBSCRIBER TOOLS SUBSCRIBE TO THE PAPER SUBSCRIBE TO THE E-EDITION Sponsored NEWS NEWS WEA T H E R SPORTS BUSINESS F LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT THINGS TO DO TRAVEL MYTOWN CLASSIFIEDS Internet Marketing Certificate Master Internet Marketing Now! Learn eCommerce, SEO, SEM, Media & More. 100% Online Courses! Learn more REAL ESTATE JOBS AUTOTRADER.COM 55 TR A F F I C T O P STORY: TOLL-ROAD WAR ISN'T OVER SEARCH... SUBSCRIBE THINGS TO DO EV E N T S MOVIES RESTAURANTS +ADD AN EVENT California LOCAL NEWS NEWS BY REGION NEWS BY TOPIC 18 Fri Sat 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 events All 2 pm tomorrow Holiday Pops 2:30 pm tomorrow California Ballet's "The Nutcracker"... 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"At this stage of the litigation, these concerns must override the countervailing arguments presented by plaintiffs." But the attorney general, in a follow-up brief filed Friday evening said he supports the aims of the lawsuit. Brown said he agrees that Proposition 8 "imposed a special disability on gays and lesbians and their families on the basis of sexual orientation," violating the U.S. Constitution's promise of equal protection and due process. "Taking from same-sex couples the right to civil marriage that they had previously possessed under California's Constitution cannot be squared with guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment," Brown said. "Accordingly, the Attorney General answers the Complaint consistent with his duty to uphold the United States Constitution." On May 26, the California Supreme Court upheld the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, which as a constitutional amendment trumped the court's decision from a year earlier striking down a pair of laws that limited marriage to a man and a woman. M O S T PO P U L A R M O S T CO M M E N T S Schwarzenegger has not taken a position yet on the validity of the federal challenge to Proposition 8. As a defendant in the case, he has until the end of Tuesday to submit a response. "Today's filing by Attorney General Jerry Brown underscores that Proposition 8 is a clear violation of the United States Constitution because it denies all people equal rights," said Chad Griffin, president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization behind the federal lawsuit. "We are confident that our state's chief legal officer's strong opinion will help this case move quickly through the courts so that every Californian will soon be treated equally under the law." Protect Marriage, the group that sponsored Proposition 8, has asked a federal judge in San Francisco for permission to intervene in the case. Andy Pugno, the organization's lawyer, said he was not surprised by Brown's move. During the challenge to Proposition 8 that was handled by the state Supreme Court this year, Brown, a Democrat considering running for governor next year, surprised many people by refusing to defend the measure. Schwarzenegger did not take a formal position in that case. "It's still disappointing that (Brown) would continue to target Prop. 8 even after the California courts said it was valid," Pugno said. The federal case was filed on behalf of two unmarried gay couples last month by Theodore Olson and David Boies, the lawyers who represented opposing sides in the contested 2000 presidential election. Griffin, a Los Angeles-based political strategist, approached Olson about taking on the case and has recruited director Rob Reiner, producer Bruce Cohen and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black as board members. A hearing on their request for a temporary injunction that would prevent the state from enforcing Proposition 8 is scheduled for July 2. If a judge grants the request, gay couples could have years to avail themselves of the right to wed before the case gets settled. Theodore Boutrous Jr., a member of the legal team in the case, said he disagreed with Brown and the governor that lifting the ban when it could be reimposed later would create too much confusion. He noted that that in upholding Proposition 8, the state Supreme Court allowed to let stand the marriages of an estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the measure passed. "The resolution of that issue was quite simple. 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