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California Justices Won't Stop Same-Sex Weddings
2013-07-15 04:10:52 PM
SACRAMENTO — A quick-acting state Supreme Court on Monday declined to halt same-sex marriages while Proposition 8 supporters try to revive the initiative.
A one-sentence order, signed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, denied ProtectMarriage's request for an immediate stay or injunctive relief. The court's decision was posted less than five hours after ProtectMarriage, acting on an expedited schedule set by the justices, had submitted its final filings in support of a stay.
"We will continue to fight this effort to deny same-sex couples their constitutionally protected civil rights," Attorney General Kamala Harris said in brief prepared statement.
ProtectMarriage filed a 50-page petition with the state Supreme Court on Friday, asking the high court to invalidate Governor Jerry Brown's order to county clerks, delivered through the Department of Public Health, requiring them to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The lawsuit contends that "at least" 56 of California's 58 county clerks must continue complying with Prop 8's ban on same-sex marriage because they were not parties to the recent federal challenge to the initiative.
A ProtectMarriage spokeswoman could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
The court has given the governor until July 22 to respond to the merits of ProtectMarriage's petition.
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