The most powerful evangelical Christian advocacy group in Arizona has signed a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to bolster California’s case against gay marriage.
The Center for Arizona Policy announced that it got involved because the case jeopardizes bans on gay marriage in 31 states, including Arizona.
“This ruling could invalidate Arizonan’s vote on the 2008 Marriage Amendment, and sets precedent to overturn any ballot initiative based on the court’s inclination,” said Cathi Herrod, chief lobbyist for The Center for Arizona Policy.
The 30 or so groups that signed the brief argue the U.S. Constitution does not require marriage to exclude same-sex couples. They are appealing a lower court’s ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, which was established by a constitutional amendment that passed as Proposition 8 in 2008.
The brief states, in part: “The people may be wrong, as they often are. The courts, too, may be wrong, as they often are. But this we know: Twice in eight years the people of California declared they want to keep marriage as it has been for time immemorial.”
The Center for Arizona Policy and other groups that signed onto the brief say the initiative process is perhaps the most effective way to gauge the will of the people, and the judge’s decision to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage subverted a critical part of the Democratic process.
- Matt Bunk