Prop. 8 to ban same-sex marriage, voters could approve
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California’s Supreme Court is set to hear a legal challenge to the recent passing of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, however, supporters of the ban filed a document on Friday that “reveals for the first time that opponents of same-sex marriage will fight in court to undo those unions that already exist”.
The ‘Yes on 8‘ campaign is seeking to nullify, or undo, approximately 18,000 same-sex marriages that were conducted prior to the ban being instated.
The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that outlawed gay unions.
The Yes on 8 campaign filed a brief arguing that because the new law holds that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized or valid in California, the state can no longer recognize the existing same-sex unions. The document reveals for the first time that opponents of same-sex marriage will fight in court to undo those unions that already exist.
Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage are in the process of filing three lawsuits “seeking to invalidate Proposition 8”, thereby overturning the ban and once again legalizing gay marriage in California.
The campaign submitted the document in response to three lawsuits seeking to invalidate Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment adopted last month that overruled the court’s decision in May that had legalized gay marriage in the nation’s most populous state.
Both Attorney General Jerry Brown, whose office is scheduled to submit its own brief to the court Friday, and gay rights groups maintain that the gay marriage ban may not be applied retroactively.
The Supreme Court could hear arguments in the litigation as soon as March.
Meanwhile, the United States (along with Russia, China, and several prominent religious groups), refused to support an international declaration “seeking to decriminalize homosexuality” that is being supported by 66 other countries at the United Nations.
There’s still a long way to go to end discrimination and persecution of people based on their sexual orientation.
An unprecedented declaration seeking to decriminalize homosexuality won the support of 66 countries in the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, but opponents criticized it as an attempt to legitimize pedophilia and other “deplorable acts.”
The United States refused to support the nonbinding measure, as did Russia, China, the Roman Catholic Church and members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The Holy See’s observer mission issued a statement saying that the declaration “challenges existing human rights norms.”
The declaration, sponsored by France with broad support in Europe and Latin America, condemned human rights violations based on homophobia, saying such measures run counter to the universal declaration of human rights.
“How can we tolerate the fact that people are stoned, hanged, decapitated and tortured only because of their sexual orientation?” said Rama Yade, the French state secretary for human rights, noting that homosexuality is banned in nearly 80 countries and subject to the death penalty in at least six.