Friday, June 19, 2009

Herrera Files Amicus Brief in Support of Federal Challenge to Proposition 8; National Center For Lesbian Rights May Do Likewise

06/18/09 SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera Press Release:

SAN FRANCISCO (June 18, 2009) -- City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco in support of a federal lawsuit brought by two California couples challenging the validity of Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment that eliminated the fundamental right of marriage for gay and lesbian citizens in California. [ Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al., (N.D.Cal. 3:09-cv-02292, filed May 22, 2009)]

/19/09 SF Chronicle:

Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lawyer for same-sex couples in the state court case, said Friday that his organization may take the same step. The federal suit is "going forward, and we certainly want it to succeed," Minter said.

06/21/09 Boston EDGE:

Unlike the state Attorney General and Governor, who have filed papers supporting the federal challenge but opposing the requested preliminary injunction, Herrera and [Chief Deputy Theresa] Stewart argued that the injunction should be granted.

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