Gay rights group honors Brown

San Diego Union Tribune

State Attorney General Jerry Brown was honored last night by California’s largest gay rights group for his efforts to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

In brief remarks at an Equality California reception in Balboa Park, Brown, the only major candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, said attitudes about gay marriage are changing and it will eventually become law.

“There’s progress here,” said Brown, who appointed the first openly gay judge in California when he was governor from 1975 to 1983. “We’re getting there, but there’s going to be a struggle.”

Brown was given the group’s Equality Leadership Award in recognition of his refusal to allow the Attorney General’s Office to represent the state in defending Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters last November, and for joining a lawsuit in federal court to overturn Proposition 8.

“He did something that no attorney general of this state has done for over 50 years,” said Geoffrey Kors, the group’s executive director. “He went to court to overturn something the voters of California did.”

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