California court opens way for US gay marriage case

SAN FRANCISCO Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:05pm EST

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SAN FRANCISCO Nov 17 (Reuters) - California's Supreme Court opened the way for gay marriage opponents to defend the California's same-sex marriage ban in federal court, writing on Thursday that the state's constitution backed their cause.

The ban in the most populous - and famously liberal - U.S. state has been in legal limbo over a technical but crucial debate: whether citizens can defend a ballot initiative if elected officials choose not to. The court said they could.

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Jimbo96 wrote:
They have to defend it since Jerry Brown, in violation of his oath of office by the way, refuses to defend it. I do believe he took an oath to support and defend the State Constitution and should be impeached because of his failure to do what he swore to do in order to get the job. Brown knows better too, and that’s the problem…but since it was a citizen initiative that put it on the ballot, and a majority of the voting population of the state that passed it those citizens deserve to be able to defend it in any court…

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