01/06/10 American Center for Law and Justice - Jay Sekulow's Trial Notebook:
Jay Sekulow, ACLJ's Chief Counsel, has announced the filing of an amicus brief in a lawsuit to compel the D.C. Elections Board to qualify the Marriage Initiative of 2009 for the ballot. The lawsuit is Jackson v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, No. 0008613-09 (D.C. Super. Ct., filed 11/18/2009); ADF press release and complaint]. ACLJ is representing 39 Republican members of Congress, who argue that the D.C. Council did not have authority to prohibit initiatives that violate the D.C. Human Rights Act, and that, even if it did, the Initiative does not violate the Act. In its motion to dismiss, the D.C. Attorney General's Office addresses both of these arguments, and further claims that a Court order to qualify the Initiative "would violate the federal constitution." The lawsuit had a predecessor, which the D.C. Superior Court dismissed.
Thanks again to my anonymous benefactor for alerting me to this development. For more news, see this Advocate.com article and this Washington Post article.
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