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11th-hour WA lawsuit seeks to make Obama prove he’s a “natural-born citizen”

A Fall City man is suing Washington State’s top elected official, Secretary of State Sam Reed, saying Reed should have required Barack Obama to show valid proof of citizenship before putting him on the ballot.

Unless Obama can prove he’s a natural-born citizen of the United States, says Steven R. Marquis, Obama should be de-certified as a candidate here.

The state’s proceeding ahead as planned, Reed spokesman David Ammons said.

“The attorney general’s office will handle the matter,” Ammons said. “Obama is included on General Election ballots and Voters’ Pamphlets that have already been printed.”

The case, Steven R. Marquis v. Samuel S. Reed et al, was filed yesterday in King County Superior Court. Case number: 08-2-34955-1SEA. The state has 20 days to respond.

In his 19-page request for an injunction, Marquis says that Obama “has failed to demonstrate that he is a `natural born’ citizen.”

From the paperwork:

“To avert likely civil unrest and a constitutional crisis which would certainly accrue after the election through laborious legal challenges and impeachment process, this complaint seeks to resolve such complaints prior to the election. It was incumbent on the candidates to present such documentation, but to date Mr. Obama has failed to do so.”

“…If the candidate Mr. Obama were to secure the election and later be discovered ineligible, the resulting constitutional and national security crisis that would ensure would generate a severe and genuine likelihood of civil disturbance by virtue of reaction to said disenfranchisement and upset.”

Marquis questions, at length, whether Obama was born in Hawaii or registered there afterward, as well as whether the family’s subsequent move to Indonesia affected the citizenship of Obama and his mother. Click here to read the document

He also calls for evidence that Obama and/or his mother took an oath of allegiance upon returning to the U.S. Here’s a link to Marquis’ web page.

And Marquis questions whether Obama has dual citizenship with Kenya or Indonesia and says Obama “has made no effort to address these public concerns.”

In fact, the Obama campaign has posted a copy of his birth certificate here, saying

“Smears claiming Barack Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate aren’t actually about that piece of paper — they’re about manipulating people into thinking Barack is not an American citizen.

“The truth is, Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii in 1961, a native citizen of the United States of America.”

This summer, staff from the Annenberg Center’s FactCheck political website said that:

“FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.”

They also listed the number of the birth certificate, which was blacked out on Obama’s site: 151 1961 - 010641. And they cited a birth announcement, published Aug. 13, 1961 in the Honolulu Advertiser.

The FactCheck.org folks also added this:

“Of course, it’s distantly possible that Obama’s grandparents may have planted the announcement just in case their grandson needed to prove his U.S. citizenship in order to run for president someday. We suggest that those who choose to go down that path should first equip themselves with a high-quality tinfoil hat.”


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