Louisiana joins fight for "Prop 8"

A.G. Buddy Caldwell files brief to support constitutionality of "Prop 8"

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:47am

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) --Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 13 states in filing an amicus brief in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger challengeing the court's decision to interfere with state sovereignty.

In 2004, the citizens of Louisiana overwhelmingly voted (78%) to include the traditional definition of marriage in their Constitution.

Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell said, “We are very concerned about the continuing attacks on state sovereignty from the federal government and federal judges. We don’t want federal judges determining how we should live in Louisiana. The people of Louisiana voted in 2004 to include the traditional definition of marriage in their Constitution and I must defend them.”

The brief opines that states and their citizens, not federal judges, have always had primary authority over the basic shape of civil marriage. Nothing in the Constitution takes that authority away from them.

Perry v. Schwarzennegger is set to be argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit the week of December 6, 2010.

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