Court won't order California to defend Prop 8
POSTED: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 10:46pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:33pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court has refused to
order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown
to appeal a ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban.
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a conservative legal
group's request to force the officials to defend voter-approved
The court did not explain why it turned down the request by the
Pacific Justice Institute.
Earlier Wednesday, lawyers for Brown and Schwarzenegger said the
attorney general and governor have discretion to choose which laws
they challenge or defend.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition
8 last month as a violation of gay Californians' civil rights.