SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The
sponsors of a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban have the authority to
defend the measure in court since the governor and attorney general
refuse to do so, California's highest court said Thursday in a
precedent-setting ruling with consequences for the state's vigorous
citizens' initiative process.
Responding to a question
from a federal appeals court considering the constitutionality of the
gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, the California Supreme Court
said the lawmaking power granted to citizens under the state
constitution doesn't end once propositions have been approved or
rejected by voters.
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