Wednesday, June 04, 2008

State Supreme Court won't block start of same-sex marriages

State Supreme Court won't block start of same-sex marriages

By Bill Lindelof - Sacramento Bee

The State Supreme Court has rejected a request to postpone last month's decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
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The Alliance Defense Fund, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based group opposing gay marriage, joined with other opponents and asked the court to stay its decision until voters had a chance to cast their ballots on the matter again in November.
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But by a 4-3 vote released Wednesday by the court, a rehearing was denied.
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The order also said that the decision of the court on May 15 would become final on June 16 at 5 p.m., paving the way for gay marriages the following day at county offices throughout the state.
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In arguing for a delay, the amendment's sponsors predicted that chaos would ensue if couples could get married during the next few months, only to have the practice halted at the ballot box.
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The same four justices who joined in the majority opinion that found withholding marriage from same-sex couples constituted discrimination denied the stay request. The three dissenting justices said they thought a hearing on whether the stay should be granted was warranted.
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Other reports:
Reuters: California court says gay marriages can proceed
AP: Calif. court refuses to stay gay marriage ruling
CBS News: Calif. Gay Marriage Ruling Goes Forward

1 comment:

john said...

At the risk of seeming to hijack your Blog, Susan, this really is the most important election in the lives of GLBT Californians. If we defeat the hatemongers this November; if we defeat this attempt to call Californians to stand against us on the side of hate, we may never face such a serious threat again.

Everyone Californian who is GLBT has to register and to vote against this initiative. Every Californian who supports us has to register and to vote this November. Every family member, friend, or associate of each of us who is a California resident has to register and to vote this November.

This is serious. There are no excuses and if we lose this one, it will set us back a generation.