gay marriage skadden.jpgWe’ve reported on how various lawyers are wading into the California Proposition 8 battle through internal firm communication. Last week we told you about a “Yes on 8″ Proskauer associate who emailed entertainment law blogger Russell Wetanson from his Proskauer email account.

Apparently, one missive supporting a ban on gay marriage wasn’t enough for the associate. The associate has sent out another email — from his Proskauer account — to a much wider distribution list which included other Proskauer attorneys:

The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage did not just overturn the will of California voters (over 61% of them to be exact); it also redefined marriage for the rest of society, without ever asking the people themselves to accept this decision. As a lawyer I can tell you that those Four Activist Judges in San Francisco harmed the democratic process as much as they damaged traditional marriage. [Redacted] I know you and I agree on most things and I assume you still believe that it is a judge’s role to enforce the law not create it, but that is exactly what those Four Activist Judges did. They ignored the votes and voices of 4 million Californians and replaced it with their own. For that reason alone Prop 8 should be supported. If the proponents of gay marriage wish to change the law, let them do it properly not; through the people not through activist judges.

What people do on their personal time is their own business. But doesn’t this cat have a gmail account? There are a lot of attorneys who use the Star Jones-special “I’m a Lawyer” conceit to strengthen their argument, but why drag the firm into it?

More excerpts from this Proskauer associate after the jump.


proskauer rose logo.JPGAs in last week’s email, the associate once again made the somewhat radical contention that allowing gay marriage could give small children dangerous ideas:

Gay MarriageTaught To 1st Graders: Because public schools are already required to teach the role of marriage in society as as part of the curriculum (CA Education Code § 51890) schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergarteners. This is not a doomsday prediction, it is already happening as state funds are being used to proselytize to 1st graders as just last week a publicly funded charter school sent 6 year olds on a field trip to see their lesbian teacher get married ( http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/11/MNFG13F1VG.DTL&type=politics&tsp=1). Regardless of what we feel about the rights of adults, the state should not be using taxpayer money to impose a gay agenda on our children.

We asked Proskauer Rose whether they condone associates railing against the “gay agenda” over firm email, but they declined to comment. Their “no comment” is a little bit surprising given that Proskauer represented the Anti-Defamation League & LGBT in their successful attempt to strike down California’s gay marriage ban.

Earlier: Gay Marriage Debate Comes To Proskauer Rose


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