Biz activists fundraising to challenge gay marriage ban

Elton John will perform a concert at the Beverly Hills estate of Ron Burkle on Jan. 19 to raise money for the legal challenge to Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The proceeds from the event will support the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the org that is pursuing the challenge to the ban on gay nuptials, with Ted Olson and David Boies leading their legal team.

On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the latest phase of the case. Proponents of Prop. 8 are appealing U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s August ruling that the initiative was unconstitutional.

The foundation, a nonprofit formed by a group of entertainment industry activists, has held a series of events in recent months, including an art auction in New York that raised $600,000 and a fund-raiser featuring Wall Street and GOP leaders that raised $1.3 million.

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