UPDATE: Fremont’s action has rattled the legal world. The state Supreme Court today agreed to take up the challenges to Prop. 8. They must have been watching online.It wasn’t unanimous, but Fremont is joining lawsuit seeking to invalidate Measure 8, which outlawed same sex marriage.
The City Council voted 4-1 to join a lawsuit filed by San Francisco and two other local governments. The city won’t have to spend any money to support the suit financially.
There are also three other lawsuits that argue that Prop 8 is invalid because it is really a revision, not an amendment to the state constitution, and thus first needed two-thirds support in the legislature.
Serveral people spoke in favor of Fremont joining SF’s lawsuit at tonight’s meeting.
In his second-to-last meeting, Counilmember Steve Cho found himself in the uncomfortable position of being the lone dissenter. He started out by noting that the council just about never takes sides on political matters outside city boundaries.
“Every time something like this comes about, the council takes the position that it is beyond the scope of the city,” he said. “What is the difference about this one?”
It was a softball that anyone could have hit out of the park, so up stepped the mayor.
“As I see it, the difference is depriving of rights and a depriving of rights of people who live in Fremont,” Mayor Wasserman said.
Cue the audience cheers.
Cho then intimated that the council was playing to the audience. “Tommorrow it could be a different group that advocates a different position,” he said.
That drew a rebuke from Councilmember Anu Natarajan, and a promise from Councilmember Bill Harrison, that the council won’t start passing resolutions to free Tibet or undergo any Berkleyzication (sp?). Never mind that the debate came after approval of a development that could bring a Berkeley Bowl-like supermarket to Fremont and before a green taskforce report.
Cho continued that he’s all for civil rights, but that he’s more of a traditionalist and that the definition of marriage to him means something other than a same sex couple.