Thursday, May 18, 2006

Georgia Appeals SSM Amendment Ruling

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue took less than a day to announce that the state would appeal its court loss on its anti-SSM amendment.

Even though that will cost $30,000 or more a day for a special legislative session of a week or more. This is an election year, and the incumbents should benefit from such a display.

State Attorney General Thurbert Baker noted that Georgia law still prohibits SSM. However, the said that the amendment ruling "wrongfully decided." He'll file his appeal "to quickly correct the Superior Court's error and reinstate the language adopted by Georgia voters in 2004."

According to CBS:
The plaintiffs, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda, believe the judge's ruling will be upheld.

"All these guys are running for election. And once again they're going to try to use gays and lesbians as their platform," said Chuck Bowen, director of Georgia Equality, the state's largest gay-advocacy organization. "They're using us to shield the real issues facing the state."

Also, check out the analysis at Georgia Women Vote!. There, Amy writes that Perdue is "doing his best Snoopy dance" — "How could we expect him to resist the rosy prospect of putting a divisive, controversial and completely unnecessary question on the November ballot? After all, it passed the Governor's litmus test of political expediency."

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