Fall City man to challenge Obama citizenship

By John Trumbo, Herald staff writerOctober 23, 2008 

A Fall City man plans to ask a King County judge Monday to declare that Sen. Barack Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be elected president.

Steven Marquis, who says he is an electrical engineer for a company in Bothell, claims Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii does not prove he is a natural-born citizen because it doesn't show the name of the hospital, a doctor's name or a baby's footprint.

Marquis, who intends to represent himself, said his legal challenge is one of several across the country that alleges the 47-year-old senator from Illinois was not born in the United States, but in Kenya, the country of his father's origin.

"I'll have my day in court," Marquis said.

His request for injunctive relief comes just after a Philadelphia judge rejected a similar challenge about U.S. residency requirements for Obama to qualify for office.

Philip Berg, a former assistant deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania, questioned the authenticity of Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate, according to The Times Herald in Norristown.

Judge R. Barclay Surrick denied the temporary restraining order, but did not dismiss the lawsuit, the newspaper reported.

Marquis said he decided to sue in King County court after learning that Obama has not been willing to provide a certified copy of his birth certificate and adoption papers to Berg since the lawyer sued in mid-August.

Marquis said he has been swamped with phone calls for the past week. "I expect there will be a lot of supporters and some people from the other side," he said of Monday's court appearance.

"It will be a circus," said Dave Ammons, director of communications for the Washington Secretary of State.

"A county judge is not going to stop an election. It is too late and it's a federal constitutional question," Ammons said.

To be eligible, presidential candidates are required to be "natural born" citizens and may not hold dual or multiple citizenship from foreign countries, according the Berg's legal memorandum.

Obama's birth certificate, which his campaign posted on its Internet site in June to quell rumors, states he was born in Hawaii on Aug. 6, 1961.

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