Gay groups call federal marriage suit premature

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A coalition of gay rights groups says a federal same-sex marriage lawsuit brought by two high-profile litigators is premature. The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and other national organizations issued a statement Wednesday saying they think the U.S. Supreme Court is not ready to issue a favorable ruling on the issue.

The statement came the day after Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who represented opposing sides in the 2000 Bush v. Gore challenge, announced they had filed a federal court challenge to California's gay marriage ban.

Gay rights activists in California want to win marriage back for same-sex couples by going back to voters.

The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to uphold the gay marriage ban.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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