The prominent lawyers leading the fight to legalize gay marriage in California on Friday formally told San Francisco officials and three other groups supportive of same-sex weddings “thanks, but no thanks” for trying to join their federal lawsuit.
The two couples represented by attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies note that the gay rights organizations seeking to intervene in the case share their clients’ basic positions. But adding parties would just delay matters, they argue.
In court papers filed late Friday in San Francisco, attorneys Boies and Olson told U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker that San Francisco and Our Family Coalition, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have no legal rights to join the lawsuit.
The move highlights the continuing disagreement among gay marriage supporters over how best to fight for same-sex weddings in the state since Proposition 8 stripped gay couples of the right to marry last November.