Gay marriage ban aim was to deny stature

Gay marriage ban aim was to deny stature
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:51pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers for the city of San Francisco are
firing back at gay marriage opponents who want an appeals court to
overturn the judge who struck down California's voter-approved ban
on same-sex unions.

In a brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Monday, the city attorney's office said Proposition 8's sponsors
failed to make a sound case for preventing homosexuals from
marrying while leaving intact their rights to raise children.

The lawyers argued that the 2008 ban's only purpose was to deny
same-sex couples of "the honored stature" of marriage and to
avoid having anyone "view gay relationships as 'OK."'

Lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged
Proposition 8 were scheduled Monday night to file their own answer
to the appeal.

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