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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Supreme Court asks what to do with S.F. same-sex marriages
DAVID KRAVETS, AP Legal Affairs Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday expanded its focus on the gay marriage dispute, wondering how it should treat the 4,000 same-sex couples who were wed before last month's halt to the spree.

The justices asked for a briefing for the first time on whether they should invalidate the same-sex marriages San Francisco City Hall performed here if they rule Mayor Gavin Newsom did not have the authority to issue the same-sex marriage licenses.
The justices, in a brief afternoon order, suggested there were several options open to the court, which is expected to hear the challenge next month or June.

Since the high court halted gay marriages here last month, it has focused the case solely on whether Newsom had the authority to override state law and dole out same-sex marriage licenses earlier this year.

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San Francisco mayor denounced by local clergy over gay marriage
San Francisco-AP -- Clergy representing over 600 churches in the San Francisco Bay area have met with Mayor Gavin Newsom to denounce his decision to allow same-sex marriages.

After the meeting, the Reverend David Innes said Newsom has abused the power of his office by violating the laws of California, the laws of nature and the laws of God.
The Reverend Arthur McKay Junior, who heads the San Francisco Baptist Ministers Conference, says it's a moral issue rather than a civil rights issue.

The mayor responded that Christians have a right to their view of the Bible, but don't have the right to impose it on others. Newsom, who's Roman Catholic, says he disagrees with his church on this and other issues.

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Contact: Robin Tyler of www.dontamend.com, 818-893-4075 (North Hills), robintyler@aol.com Web: http://www.dontamend.com
News Advisory:

Los Angeles will join 37 cities across the nation to protest for equal marriage rights at post offices tomorrow (April 15).

Gay rights activists are protesting - taxation with discrimination. "Want to Tax Us? Then Marry Us!" says Robin Tyler, the national chair of www.dontamend.com, whose group is helping to organize the protests all over the country.
When and Where: The Sherman Way Main Post office is open the night of April 15 for late filing, so the protesters will be in front of the post office at 5:30 PM.

LA Post Office - 15701 Sherman Way & Haskell (off the 405 freeway) at 5:30 p.m.

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