Imperial County Files to Intervene in Proposition 8 Appeals

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Last December Imperial County filed to intervene as defendants of Proposition 8. If the county is allowed to "intervene" they would become a party in the case. Lawyers from Advocates for Faith and Freedom represented the county.

However, along with overturning Proposition 8, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker also denied Imperial County's request to intervene.

Walker's ruling stated that “as a matter of law, only the state itself has an interest in California marriage law.”

Now, the Advocates for Faith and Freedom have filed a document (PDF) beginning the appeal process so that Imperial County can intervene. If the Ninth Circuit Court rules that Imperial County is able to intervene, the county could join the appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court with Proposition 8's supporters.

Also, at their annual meeting in San Francisco the American Bar Association passed a resolution calling on "state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry."

Read more about Imperial County's intervention at the Imperial Valley Press Online.

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