Meg Whitman says she would defend Proposition 8

Sacramento BeeAugust 21, 2010 

SAN DIEGO – Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Friday that she would defend voter-approved Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage, if she becomes governor next year.

The announcement, made just hours before she addressed the California Republican Party convention here, put the Republican candidate at odds with both Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, Whitman's Democratic rival in the governor's race. Both Schwarzenegger and Brown have refused to defend the law against court challenges.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has taken up the issue after Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court of Northern California declared the measure unconstitutional earlier this month.

Previously, Whitman had supported only letting the case work its way through the courts before allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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