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Labor unions, churches to fight gay marriage ban in court

January 13, 2009 |  1:26 pm

Gay Labor unions and some churches announced Tuesday that they planned to file friend-of-the-court briefs in support of invalidating Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state.

The California Council of Churches and other faith organizations including the Progressive Jewish Alliance representing millions of members said they will file on Thursday.

On Friday, a coalition of labor unions representing more than 2 million California workers said they planned to file their own brief. The briefs will support the lawsuits filed by gay-rights groups the day after Proposition 8 was enacted.

The California Supreme Court has agreed to take the case and could hear arguments as soon as March.

Sal Rosselli, the president of United Healthcare Workers-West, issued a statement saying his union supported filing the brief because the right to marriage is a fundamental constitutional right "that cannot be abolished by ballot initiative. ... Our organizations stand for fairness and equality for working people — not only in the workplace but in all aspects of society."

--Jessica Garrison

Photo: Los Angeles Times file