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Prop. 8 backers say judge wrongly accused voters of discrimination

August 4, 2010 |  6:28 pm

Proponents of Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that was struck down Wednesday, promised to appeal, saying U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision would “abandon precedent,” “invent a new constitutional right” and “impose new social policies.”

Andy Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, called the ruling “a disappointment” and said, “This is not the end of our fight to uphold the will of the people for traditional marriage.”

Pugno’s statement said Vaughn’s ruling “short-circuits the democratic process” and “accused the majority of California voters of having ill and discriminatory intent.”

“Prop. 8 was simply about restoring and strengthening the traditional definition of marriage as the unique relationship of a man and a woman, for the benefit of children, families and society,” he said. “At trial we built a solid record to show that marriage has served as the foundation of the family and society as a whole, has universal functions and features attributable only to unions between a man and woman, has been defined in both law and language as a union between a man and a woman, and acts as the predominate relationship in which to create and support children.”

Pugno predicted that proponents will ultimately win when the case is before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Federal precedent is clear that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” he said.

-- John Hoeffel