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Christian Group Demands Supreme Court Hear Appeal Of Proposition 8 Overturn

Two weeks ago the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a brief asking that the Supreme Court decline to hear the appeal of the overturn of Proposition 8. Today a Christian group with a laughable name filed a brief in opposition to AFER's request. Via press release:
The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry striking down California's constitutional marriage amendment. Two members of the three-judge panel "seized for the two of themselves the power to rewrite the fundamental definition of marriage in California, which otherwise had prevailed for 162 years, since the state's founding, consistent with the practice of thousands of years of civilization," the brief, filed on August 31, states.

California voters in 2008 had approved Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Written by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara, the ACRU brief argues that a U.S. District judge and the Ninth Circuit panel ignored binding precedent in Baker v. Nelson, in which a unanimous Supreme Court in 1972 upheld Minnesota's marriage law as constitutional.

The ACRU brief also notes that Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt, who wrote the opinion, should have recused himself. His wife, Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC), "had provided advice and counsel to the lawyers for Respondents regarding their decision to bring this suit challenging Proposition 8, and had directly participated in the case in the District Court."

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