Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: 08/31/2010 06:08:31 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A conservative legal group hoping to force Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend California’s gay marriage ban filed suit Monday on behalf of a local minister.

The Pacific Justice Institute petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on behalf of Pastor Joshua Beckley of San Bernardino’s Ecclesia Christian Fellowship.

The firm seeks an emergency order requiring the governor and attorney general to appeal a ruling last month by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturning Proposition 8.

The proposition’s sponsors appealed. But there are doubts about their standing because ordinary citizens are not responsible for enforcing marriage laws.

Beckley’s office was reached by phone Tuesday. A woman said he would not speak on the issue or be photographed.

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