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Lawsuit Follows Davis´ Same Sex Signing

Supporters of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples didn´t have long to celebrate a new domestic partner law before opponents moved to stop it.

In response to Governor Davis´ signing of the bill, state Senator Pete Knight filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court today to stop implementation of the new law providing most marriage rights to domestic partners.

The Palmdale Republican cited Proposition 22, the ballot initiative voters approved in 2000 confirming that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in the state of California.”

The lawsuit argues the bill violates the state constitution because of Proposition 22, which Knight wrote. It names Davis, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and two other state agencies as defendants.

Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, who wrote the bill, says Knight´s lawsuit isn´t surprising. The Los Angeles Democrat says the Legislative Counsel of California reviewed the bill earlier this year and already decided it did not go against Proposition 22.