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08/31/2010

PJI seeks strong arm to crunch staunch spines

by Jeremy Hooper

The Pacific Justice Institute, in a naked attempt to remedy the matter of whether the Proposition 8 proponents even have standing to file their 9th Circuit appeal, is trying to force California's Attorney General and Governor to step in and defend bias:

SAN FRANCISCO — A conservative legal group is trying to force Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend California's gay marriage ban in court.

The Pacific Justice Institute petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Monday for an emergency order that would require the two officials to appeal a ruling that overturned Proposition 8.
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"To allow an elected official to trump the will of the people by mere inaction and the lack of fulfillment of their duty to do their job would be an egregious violation of public trust," Pacific Legal Institute Brad Dacus said Tuesday.

Legal group seeks to compel Calif to defend Prop 8 [AP via Google]

Which is just silly. And not gonna go anywhere. Brown and Schwarzenegger have every right to defend the constitution, a notion that, in their (and Judge Walker's) view, runs counter to Prop 8 defense. They are exercising that right.

Though considering what else we've heard from Mr. Dacus over the years...

EX. 1:
(click to play audio clip)
*Audio source: Proposition 8 Oral Arguments: Two Perspectives [CWA]

EX. 2:

"There was another time in history when people, when the bell tolled. And the question was whether or not they were going to hear it. The time was during Nazi Germany with Adolf Hitler. You see he brought crowds of clergy together to assure them that he was going to look after the church.

And one of the members, bold and courageous, Reverend Niemöller made his way to the front and (inaudible) said "Hitler, we are not concerned about the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church.

We are concerned about the soul of Germany." Embarrassed and chagrined, his peers quickly shuffled him to the back.

And as they did Adolf Hitler said, "The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me." And they did, and because they did bombs did not only fall upon the nation of Germany, but also upon the church and their testimony to this very day.


Let us not make that mistake folks. Let us hear the bell! Vote on Proposition 8!" -
Prop 8 spokesperson Brad Dacus
Prop 8 mouthpiece bleats that defeating gays is akin to beating Hitler [PHB]

...perhaps we should just be glad he's not currently comparing the AG, Governor, and gays to something a little more hollow/costly!

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*SEE ALSO: Equality California's statement: Equality California Condemns Lawsuit to Force Governor, AG to Defend Prop. 8 [EQCA]

**MORE: Courage Campaign blasts efforts to force Governor and Attorney General to defend Prop 8 [Prop 8 Trial Tracker]

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