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California Pro-Family Leader Randy Thomasson Responds to Attorney General Jerry Brown's Unlawful Refusal to Enforce Prop. 8

Contact: Agency Contact, 877-405-4005, Campaign for Children and Families


SACRAMENTO, California, Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- California pro-family leader Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, issued this following response to California Attorney General Jerry Brown filing briefs today urging the California Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman:

"It's appalling that Jerry Brown is violating his oath of office to 'support and defend' the written Constitution of California. He is disobeying his specific job description found in the Constitution, which is 'to see that the laws of the State are...enforced.' And Jerry Brown is not telling the truth when he says the Constitution provides homosexual couples the 'right to marry.' On the contrary, the Constitution reads that marriage is 'only between a man and a woman.' This is the same Constitution that he has sworn an oath to support and defend and which his job description requires him to enforce. It's very disturbing that California's Attorney General is against the Constitution, against the voters, and against the rule of law. Was someone else impersonating Jerry Brown on January 9, 2007 when he raised his right hand, swore to uphold the written Constitution of California, and repeatedly vowed to enforce the law?"


California Oath of Office, California Constitution, Article XX, Section 3:

"I, ______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."

Attorney General Duties, California Constitution, Article V, Section 13:

Subject to the powers and duties of the Governor, the Attorney General shall be the chief law officer of the State.  It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.

Proposition 8, California Constitution, Article I, Section 7.5:

Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

Jerry Brown Takes Oath of Office, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 9, 2007:

The old gubernatorial Plymouth and floor mattress in a rental apartment are long gone, but Brown took the oath of office as attorney general with a few quirks up his sleeve....For his part, Brown vowed repeatedly during and after the short ceremony - presided over by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom - to work effectively with Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to enforce the state's laws "vigorously and with common sense."

CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (CCF) is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that stands for marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.