Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marin joins Proposition 8 lawsuit

Staff Report
Posted: 11/18/2008 03:38:17 PM PST

The Marin Board of Supervisors is joining San Francisco and other plaintiffs suing to bring Proposition 8 to the state Supreme Court for review.

California voters approved a constitutional change Nov. 4 that limits marriage to a man and a woman, triggering protests across the state. The vote was 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.

Marin is not allocating any money for the effort, said county Administrator Matthew Hymel.

Supervisor Susan Adams said voters' rejection of same-sex marriages was a travesty, and she urged the board's "serious consideration into joining the legal fight for civil rights."

The board emerged from a closed session later in the day to announce it was doing just that.

"The county has agreed to be named as a plaintiff in contesting the constitutionality of Proposition 8," said board chairman Charles McGlashan.

-Nels Johnson