California Governor continues to reject Prop 8 appeal

Prop 8 backers want Arnold to defend California`s same-sex marriage ban.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 11:26 AM IST

San Francisco: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is holding firm in his refusal to defend the state`s same-sex marriage ban in court.

Lawyers for Schwarzenegger said in a letter on Wednesday that the governor has authority to refuse to appeal a federal judge`s ruling that overturned Proposition 8. The letter was filed with the California Supreme Court.

It came in response to an effort by a conservative legal group to persuade the court to force Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to challenge the August 04 ruling that declared the voter-approved ban unconstitutional.
Proposition 8`s sponsors have appealed. But doubts have been raised about whether its members have the authority to do so because as ordinary citizens they are not responsible for enforcing marriage laws.

PTI