Queer Town: Proposition 8 Trial Set for January, Gay Groups Told to Butt Out
While gay rights groups in California continue to clash over which year to push forward with a pro-gay marriage ballot measure (check out this Queerty post), Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced during a San Francisco hearing yesterday that a federal Proposition 8 lawsuit will go to trial on January 11, 2010.
Proposition 8 protestors march in Westwood last November.
Patrick Range McDonald
Hot-shot lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, who want to overturn Proposition 8 and were hired by the Los Angeles-based American Foundation for Equal Rights, were seeking that decision.
At that same hearing, Walker also told a group of heavyweight gay rights groups, such as Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, to butt out, denying their request to join the Prop. 8 lawsuit.
Those groups, as well as the ACLU, sent out a press statement Wednesday saying they were "disappointed" with Walker's decision. One
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person who's happy about it, though, is Chad Griffin, president of
the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Griffin, a gay
political strategist based in L.A., wanted no part of Lambda Legal and
the rest after they initially criticized the federal lawsuit, among other reasons. He sent a blistering letter to those groups a few weeks ago.
With one feud within the gay rights movement out of the way, the battle to overturn Proposition 8 keeps moving along. Variety managing editor Ted Johnson writes an excellent wrap-up of what Olson and Boies plan to argue at the January trial.
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