California AG says state constitution permits laws against same-sex marriage

In response to several lawsuits seeking to overturn California laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, California state attorney general Bill Lockyer filed a brief in San Francisco Superior Court Friday arguing that the California constitution permits such laws.

Petitioners in the lawsuits counter that the laws violate both civil rights and constitutional processes, as has been held in Massachusetts. AP has more. Review the brief here [PDF] and read an accompanying press release.

 

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