State Lawyer, Activist Groups Split on Same-Sex Marriage

The state and its would-be allies in defense of California's ban on same-sex marriage have broken ranks on whether the state Supreme Court should review the issue after an appellate court upheld the heterosexuals-only marriage law.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer, representing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials, urged the high court Monday to grant a hearing to challengers of the marriage law and provide "finality and certainty for the citizens of California'' on the issue.

But lawyers for the Campaign for California Families, which opposes both same-sex marriage and domestic partner rights, asked the court to deny review and leave intact an Oct. 5 ruling by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco that declared the law constitutional.

Details here from Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle.