California high court refuses stay in Prop 8 casecomment (1)
July 25, 2013
A California Supreme Court case regarding Proposition 8, which banned gay “marriage” in the state, will continue into August after the court refused to grant a stay July 15. The court is considering whether the marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples are legal.
ProtectMarriage.com, along with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed a petition with the California Supreme Court on July 12 asking the court to enforce Proposition 8, which has not been struck down by a qualified court despite publicity surrounding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
“Although we would have preferred for the California Supreme Court to issue a stay so that the state’s marriage amendment would be respected sooner rather than later, the proponents of Proposition 8 will continue to urge the court to uphold the rule of law,” said Austin Nimocks, senior counsel for ADF. “We remain hopeful that the court will recognize that Proposition 8 remains the law of the land in California and that county clerks must continue to enforce it.”
When the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against Proposition 8, no legal precedent was left declaring the amendment unconstitutional statewide, ProtectMarriage.com said.