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California Attorney General Jerry Brown Rejects the Rule of Law and Fails California Voters

Contact: Elizabeth Ray, 703-683-5004 ext 130; Mary Beth Hutchins, 703-683-5004, ext 105, mhutchins@crcpublicrelations.com

PRINCETON, NJ, Dec. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring'...except for California's Attorney General Jerry Brown, late Friday night, when his office issued a press release asking the state's Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8, the state marriage amendment which passed overwhelming this past November.  In part, the press release read, "Attorney General Brown believes that same-sex marriages entered into between June 16 and November 4, 2008 are valid and recognized in California regardless of whether Proposition 8 is upheld."

Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) stated, "It's appalling but unsurprising:  Throughout the course of the same-sex marriage litigation, Jerry Brown used his discretionary power behind-the-scenes to sabotage Prop 22 and to defeat Prop 8.  Now it's official: he's siding with gay marriage activists over 7 million Californians, including 70 percent of Black Californians, who voted to protect marriage.  How can the archetypal white liberal Jerry Brown ask the court to do such a thing?"

"'Whether you like it or not' has become the unofficial motto of the gay marriage movement in California," said Brian Brown, Executive Director of NOM, "Disappearing the votes of 7 million Californians would be a horrendous civil rights violation, and we remain confident the court will uphold the core civil rights of Californians to amend our constitution in the way the constitution guarantees."

"The California Supreme court should, as the Supreme Court does in analogous situations, appoint a special friend of the court to do what Jerry Brown now refuses to do: defend the government's interest in the constitutionality of its laws," noted Chuck Limandri, General Counsel of NOM California.

To schedule an interview with Maggie Gallagher, President, or Brian Brown, Executive Director, NOM, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins (ext. 105) or Elizabeth Ray (ext. 130) at (703)-683-5004.