Gay marriage ban aim was to deny stature
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.