“Milk” Team Makes Marriage Pitch

Oral arguments had just finished at the state Supreme Court today — with some signs that the justices will uphold Prop 8 — when the makers of the movie “Milk” issues a fund-raising pitch for the Courage Campaign.

In their letter, Sean Penn, Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black, Cleve Jones, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks write, “No matter what the state Supreme Court decides, the fight for equality will continue in California and across the country.

“If we win, the same people who backed Prop 8 will find another way to undermine equal rights. If we lose, we will need to take our case to the people of California again. No matter what, we’ll eventually need to win full equality under federal law.”

In the hearing today, Justice Joyce Kennard appeared not to accept the argument that Prop 8 was a revision of the state’s constitution, which requires a higher threshold than merely putting a matter before voters. Kennard was among the justices who backed the court’s 4-3 decision in May to allow same-sex nuptials.

She said during the hearing that “Prop. 8 did not take away the whole bundle of rights that this court articulated in the marriage case.”

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