Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Remember Kenneth Starr, the former U.S. Solicitor General who led the legal inquisition of President Bill Clinton, allowing Americans to learn more about cigars and stuff? Fun times.
Well, Starr is back leading a new kind of inquisition--this time against gay marriage, specifically marriages in California before Prop 8 passed. He's also defending Prop 8 before the California Supreme Court.
In December, Starr and his clients filed court briefs defending the legality of the proposition in reponse to challenges filed by gay rights activists. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are siding with the activists and getting in on the legal action.
Everyone is heading into court in March, when oral arguments are expected to begin. Opponents call the proposition a revision of the state Constitution, which technically requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a constitutional convention before it can go before voters. Prop 8 headed to the ballot after a signature drive.
Courage Campaign is collecting online signatures for a letter to the California Supreme Court. More than 120,000 signatures have been collected thus far.