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Imperial County appeals Proposition 8 ruling

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

August 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appeal Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning Proposition 8 that made it illegal for same-sex couples to get married.

Imperial County officials say because 70 percent of its voters cast a ballot for Proposition 8, it has the right to intervene.

The appeal follows a ruling by Judge Walker last week that denied the county's effort to intervene in the case, saying the county lacked sufficient interests in the matter to do so.

The county is being represented by the Christian legal group Advocates For Faith and Freedom.

"The personal opinion of a single judge in San Francisco should not be substituted for the opinion of over 7 million voters," said Advocates for Faith and Freedom General Counsel Robert Tyler in a statement.