U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled recently that the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality California must turn over campaign documents, including internal e-mails and memos regarding efforts to overturn Prop 8, even though the groups are not parties to the legal challenge brought by Ted Olson and David Boies seeking to strike down the discriminatory ordinance.
The ACLU plans to appeal the decision, according to attorney Elizabeth Gill.
“People must have a right to organize to make change,” Gill said. “That right often requires bringing together diverse groups to work together in coalition to fight for or against a particular issue. Yet it is precisely this kind of coalition work that is most jeopardized by Judge Walker’s order, which strips coalition partners of their constitutional protections to organize.”