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Prop. 8 battle gives Jerry Brown link to his father
Prop. 8 battle gives Jerry Brown link to his father

SACRAMENTO -- When Gov. Jerry Brown decided he wouldn't defend California's ban same-sex marriage in court, he was following in the footsteps of his father, former Gov. Pat Brown. Both men decided they wouldn't go to bat for voter-approved measures because they considered them unconstitutional. The ballot initiatives -- Proposition 8 in 2008 and Proposition 14 in 1964 -- are the only two in California history to go undefended by state leaders. Proposition 14 was an attempt to undo fair-housing laws championed by the elder Brown, who wanted to prevent landlords from discriminating based on race, sex and other factors. Black residents sued after voters approved the...

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