Big labor urges court to invalidate Prop 8

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Unions say it's a slippery slope, which could lead to other rights being revoked.
January 15, 2009


"A coalition of more than 50 labor organizations representing more than two million Californians filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday urging the state Supreme Court to overturn the voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

"The labor groups' brief argues that 'any change to the California Constitution that takes away fundamental rights or that divides citizens into suspect classes must be accomplished by a 'revision' of the Constitution, and not the simple 'amendment' employed in Proposition 8.'

"...Jenny Pizer, Lambda Legal senior counsel and Marriage Project Director, said the brief 'is putting a special emphasis on how high the stakes are here for everybody in California.'"