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Here is a copy of the “friend of court” brief endorsing same-sex marriage that Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council famously approved this week.

The letter will be used in lawsuits pending before California’s high court that seek to make same-sex marriage legal. A law voters approved in 2000, known as Proposition 22, bans same-sex marriage.

Numerous same-sex couples filed the suits after their marriages were deemed unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeal in 2006. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had issued the marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but those were overturned in 2004 and subject to the court’s review.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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