Today, the California Supreme Court denied the request of the proponents of Proposition 8 to stop California clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In court papers filed last week, Proposition 8 sponsors ProtectMarriage argued that the California federal judge’s ruling setting aside the proposition applies only to the two counties that were party to the federal suit. It asked the California Supreme Court to immediately tell the other 56 county clerks that Prop. 8 remained in effect and order them to stop issuing wedding licenses while the issue is litigated.
While the Court is considering hearing the case, it did not issue a stay of gay marriages in the meantime. The court is not expected to rule on the group’s petition until August, at the earliest.
State Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, whose office represents Gov. Jerry Brown, has contended that ProtectMarriage is asking the state court to interfere with a federal court order in violation of the constitution.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement:
“Our opponents have failed in a desperate attempt to deny happiness and protections to lesbian and gay couples and their children and no amount of legal wrangling is going to undo that joy. Marriage equality has returned to the Golden State and just as David Blankenhorn, the star witness for Prop 8 came to support marriage equality, I hope others will open their hearts and minds and realize that marriage will soon come to all 50 states in this country. On that day we will all be more American.”