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Gay marriage foes vow to appeal Prop. 8 ruling [Updated]

August 4, 2010 |  3:00 pm

Backers of California'a ban on same-sex marriage slammed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday throwing out Proposition 8, saying the decision subverts the actions of California voters.

They vowed to appeal the ruling all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Austin R. Nimocks, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund who fought to uphold Proposition 8 in Walker’s court, said they would appeal. “We’re obviously disappointed that the judge did not uphold the will of over 7 million Californians who made a decision in a free and fair democratic process.”

Nimocks added that “tens of millions of Americans across this country” as well as Congress have expressed the belief that marriage should be limited to heterosexual couples. “To say that there is no reason whatsoever to define marriage as one man and one woman is not something that we expect to be upheld on appeal,” he said of Walker’s reasoning.

 

Andrew P. Pugno, one of the lawyers who defended the Proposition 8 campaign in the trial in Walker’s San Francisco courtroom, referred comment on the judge’s decision to a spokeswoman for ProtectMarriage.com, who said the group opposed to gay marriage would later post a statement on its website.

 

[Updated at 3:14 p.m.: Edward E. Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued a statement expressing disappointment in the decision.

 

“That the judge should find the marriage -- civilizations’ longstanding public policy -- irrational and discriminatory does a great injustice to the institution itself and ultimately will further encourage the disintegration of mother-father families. Homosexuals certainly have every right to the love, companionship and support of another person -- but the courts do not have a right to distort the meaning of marriage.”]

-- Lee Romney in San Francisco, Carol J. Williams and Mitchell Landsberg in Los Angeles

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