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Board of Supervisors will debate Prop. 8

November 12, 2008 |  7:30 am

We knew it was only a matter of time, but the Prop. 8 debate has moved to the L.A. Board of Supervisors. It will be an interesting meeting today. Details from City News Service:

Two Los Angeles County supervisors will try today to get the five-member Board of Supervisors to challenge the legality of Proposition 8, the recently approved ballot measure that amends the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Today, Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina will call for the Board of Supervisors to join an existing lawsuit or file one of its own. Yaroslavsky and Molina, both Democrats, want the nonpartisan board to ask a judge to issue an order barring the state from enforcing the same-sex marriage ban until a determination can be made by the Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, one of two Republicans on the board, said he will oppose such a motion.

The Times' Maura Dolan and Gale Holland report on the latest motions before the California Supreme Court on Prop. 8:

Anti-discrimination groups and bar associations have joined 44 state legislators in calling on the California Supreme Court to overturn the anti-gay marriage initiative voters passed last week. In letters to the court, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups sided with lawsuits that said Proposition 8, which reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage, amounted to a sweeping revision of the state Constitution instead of a more limited amendment.

--Shelby Grad