Friday, December 19, 2008

A flip-flop I can believe in.

(CBS/AP) The California attorney general has changed his position on the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.

Jerry Brown filed a brief Friday saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is unconstitutional. He says it deprives gay couples of a fundamental right.

After California voters passed Proposition 8 on Nov. 4, Brown said he would fight to uphold the initiative in his role as attorney general, even though he personally voted against it.
Brown's initial response was reminiscent of the days when, as Governor, he was obliged to implement Proposition 13, which he had likewise opposed. I've got to believe that for Jerry Brown to step out in this instance and attempt to thwart the ballot on constitutional grounds, he'd have to believe that he'd developed a clear and comprehensible case for presentation both to the courts, who would decide its fate, and to the public, which will decide his.

Good to see him on the side of justice and equality. I know that's where he wants to be.

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