Will Chad Griffin Let the SF City Attorney Join His Prop 8 Suit?


Just like the gay rights groups with their tails between their legs, the San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera wants to join the Olson-Boies federal lawsuit against Prop 8. Will they be allowed?

Just like Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights — who initially attacked the federal lawsuit, but then came around to support it — Herrera has his own reasons for wanting to join forces: his office can bring “a unique local government perspective.”

Except when the trio of civil liberties groups tried that same strategy to get on board, they were rebuffed. So we imagine Chad Griffin, the outspoken one among the plaintiffs, is going to turn down the request as well.


Officially, it’s Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker who has the say whether other parties can join the suit. Thus far, the gay rights groups have been allowed to file motions supporting the plaintiffs, but it’s Olson, Boies, and Griffin calling the shots.

Why does San Francisco want to get involved? Perhaps because it enjoys its (mayor-sanctioned) status as a hot bed for civil liberties. Perhaps because it wants to continue the tradition of support GLBT rights, which includes offering care to individuals and families. Or perhaps because San Francisco stands, like many other California cities, earn a bundle from the gay wedding industry if Prop 8 falls.

But is the olive branch from Herrera (pictured, top) — which arrived yesterday, the day before today’s deadline — of a different sort? Herrera previously sued to invalidate Prop 8, and while you know how that went, it at least shows the man is committed to an immediate legal challenge of the law, which LL, ACLU, and, NCLR proved they weren’t.

Or maybe Griffin will fire off another entertaining (but serious) letter to Herrera’s office, telling him to step the F off.