Blowing the Whistle on E-RATE Fraud (PDF) Prepared Testimony for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515 (July 22, 2004)
City’s Immediate Lawsuit in Wake of State Supreme Court Decision Today Contends That California Marriage Provisions Violate Equal Protection Clause, Due Process Clause, and Privacy Provisions of State Constitution
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was at the forefront of the legal battle for marriage equality in California for nearly a decade. He filed the first government-initiated challenge to marriage laws that discriminate against same-sex couples in American history, and his office holds the unique distinction of being the only legal team involved as a party in aspect of the legal fight in California — in every case, in every court, before every judge — from early 2004 to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in June 2013. From defending Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in February 2004, Herrera’s office went on to successfully sue to strike down the anti-gay marriage exclusion in state courts, and continued to represent the public sector interest in striking down Proposition 8 in the successful federal challenge alongside the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2003]
Far from the wild-eyed, socialistic power-grab routinely portrayed by well-funded political campaigns over the years, public power in San Francisco is a civic principle firmly enshrined by City Charter. As section 16. 101 states: “It is the declared purpose and intention of the people of the city and county, when public interest and necessity demand, that public utilities shall be gradually acquired and ultimately owned by the city and county.”