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A Flap in Marriage Fight

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Towleroad reported this morning on a rift between the American Foundation for Equal Rights — the group headed by Chad Griffin that filed the federal suit challenging Prop 8 — and a coalition of groups that sought to invalidate the initiative at the state level.

Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the ACLU filed a motion to “intervene” in the case, essentially allowing them “in” on the case. When the suit was filed in late May, the groups were among a coalition that argued that “ill-timed lawsuits could set the fight for marriage back.” But by late June, they were onboard, filing a friend of the court brief.

With the latest effort to intervene, Griffin wrote a letter to the groups, which read in part: “Given our willingness to collaborate with you, and your efforts to undercut this case, we were surprised and disappointed when we became aware of your desire to intervene.

“You have unrelentingly and unequivocally acted to undermine this case even before it was filed. In light of that, it is inconceivable that you would zealously and effectively litigate this case if you were successful in intervening. Therefore, we will vigorously oppose any motion to intervene.”

Griffin’s argument is that the groups would weigh down the process with “pre-trial maneuvering for years,” and he cited numerous instances where the groups were invited to participate in the suit before it was filed but declined.

The link from Towleroad is here.

Patrick Range McDonald wrote about the flap in the LA Weekly today, with the headline, “Chad Griffin to Lambda Legal: Buzz Off.”

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