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County of LA Join Lawsuit Against Prop 8, ACLU Laywer Makes a Great Case

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Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to join one of the three lawsuits filed in the California Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8, which eliminated the right of gay couples to marry in California. They joined the City and County of San Francisco, County of Santa Clara and City of Los Angeles in the case.

"Some may ask why, as a county supervisor, I would get so directly involved in this issue," Supervisor Gloria Molina said in a statement this afternoon. "First, as a county, we are directly responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses. Second, we are elected officials sworn to uphold the constitution. But third—and, in my view, most importantly—we face the dilemma of balancing the enforcement of Proposition 8 with upholding the fundamental equal protection rights of all our citizens. Simply put, we need clarity on this issue..." (Molina's full statement posted below).

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At the meeting, Catherine Lhamon, the Racial Justice Director of the ACLU had a very powerful and personal twist to her urging of the County to join the lawsuit. "My parents married in Washington, D.C., rather than in Virginia, where my mother was raised, because in 1966 Virginia still outlawed interracial marriage. My mother, who is black, could not at that time marry my father, who is white, in her home state," she explained. She continued, talking about the US Supreme Court's ruling on the issue: