According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Supreme Court yesterday refused to stop issuing marriage licences for same-sex couples, while ProtectMarriage, the group behind the 2008 action, have a legal challenge pending to revive Proposition 8.
The petition filed on Friday by the group stated that the injunction against Proposition 8 by a federal judge in 2010 did not apply statewide, and that “Gov. Jerry Brown erred when he ordered all counties to obey it”. In a press release they stated:
“The man-woman definition of marriage, as passed by the voters, is still a valid part of our state constitution. Yet county clerks statewide are lawlessly defying that law by issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses. We are asking California’s Supreme Court to restore the rule of law and the public’s confidence in the integrity of the initiative process,” said Andrew Pugno, general counsel for Proposition 8’s official proponents.
The court will not rule on ProtectMarriage’s written arguments until August, and a court spokesman said that the decision not to halt marriages was unanimous.
While the general counsel for ProtectMarriage, Andy Pugnos said he remained confident in the “strength of the challenge”, gay rights lawyers see it as doomed.
Kate Kendell, head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said: “Marriage in California is here to stay. Period”.
We’ll hopefully see an end to the matter in August, and leave the last word for now to Kate Kendell, that the
“last gasp efforts by the few anti-gay groups left will not alter a history animated by justice, decency and basic humanity”.