CA's Jerry Brown Asks Court to Invalidate Prop. 8
California Attorney General Jerry Brown reversed course today and asked the California Supreme Court to find Prop 8 unconstitutional.
Brown, who is required to defend state laws unless he cannot find reasonable legal grounds to do so, said after Prop. 8 passed Nov. 4 that he would support the initiative before the state's high court.
"Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," Brown said. The authors of the state Constitution, he said, did not intend "to put a group's right to enjoy liberty to a popular vote."
The pro-Prop 8 group filed its brief today as well. Their chief counsel? Kenneth Starr.
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