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The Bar Association of San Francisco Files Proposition 8 Amicus Brief
Forty bar associations and legal organizations join in effort to overturn election results


January 20, 2009 -- San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco joined with over forty bar associations and legal organizations from across the state in filing an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court over the passage of Proposition 8 last November.

According to the brief, " Proposition 8 would substantially alter California 's "preexisting constitutional scheme" in two important aspects. Proposition 8 would radically change the definition of a "fundamental right" as one enjoyed by all individuals to one enjoyed by some, as decided by the majority of voters. And Proposition 8 would strip the courts of their ability to enforce the guarantee of equal protection with respect to a fundamental right belonging to a protected class. This encroachment on the courts' role offends the core principle of separation of powers that is embedded in our State's Constitution."

BASF President Russell Roeca, a partner with Roeca Hass Hager LLP said, "We began the work last spring of organizing the legal community across the state in opposition to Prop 8. It was so rewarding to see our diverse legal communities stand together and sound the clarion call that limiting rights of any marginalized group threatens us all. "

January 15, 2009, was the deadline to file amicus briefs in the litigation seeking to overturn Proposition 8, which passed in November with 52 percent of the vote.

Read the brief. (2MBPDF)

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

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