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February 24, 2004

Lockyer recall planned

Ted Costa and Howard Kaloogian, two men who helped get the Davis Recall off the ground before the professionals took over, are threatening this morning to recall Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer if he doesn't move quickly to stop the gay marriages ongoing in San Francisco. Kaloogian, a former assemblyman now running for the US Senate, made the announcement on Eric Hogue's Sacramento radio show, the same venue Costa used to solicit signers for the original petition to recall Davis a year ago. Costa was set to appear at a press conference with Kaloogian later today.

Lockyer on Monday night announced that he plans to ask the state Supreme Court to step in and issue a ruling in the case. But Kaloogian says he still plans to go foward with the recall to keep the pressure on.

UPDATE: Here is the statement from Lockyer's office:

Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced he plans to file on Friday an original action in the California Supreme Court, requesting that the court agree to decide the question of whether the City and County of San Francisco's approval of marriage licenses to same-sex couples is legal.

The Attorney General seeks the Supreme Court's intervention because he believes the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses violates California law, the Supreme Court has the authority to stop a charter city's violation of state law and that immediate action by the highest state court is necessary because this is a matter of statewide concern and urgency.

The Supreme Court may take the case, or direct the issue to an appellate or superior court. There is no period of time in which the Supreme Court must make its decision on whether to accept the case.

"The people of California who have enacted laws that recognize marriage only between a man and a woman, and the same-sex couples who were provided marriage licenses in San Francisco deserve a speedy resolution to the question of the legality of these licenses and the authority of San Francisco officials to provide them," Lockyer said.


 
 

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