The Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Proposition 8’s sponsors Protect Marriage to put an immediate hold on all gay weddings in the California.
“The Ninth Circuit’s June 28, 2013 Order purporting to dissolve the stay placed last year…is the latest in a long line of judicial irregularities that have unfairly thwarted Petitioners’ defense of California’s marriage amendment,” the paperwork filed by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom read. “Failing to correct the appellate court’s actions threatens to undermine the public’s confidence in its legal system.”
The Ninth Circuit’s order to lift the stay came as a surprise to many, as the three-judge panel had previously said it would wait to lift the hold for 25 days in case the state of California wanted to appeal the Supreme Court decision. But both Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Kamala Harris have always been strongly against Prop 8.
By denying their petition Justice Anthony Kennedy has effectively closed any and all legal avenues available to Proposition 8’s sponsors has ended the long and at sometimes frustrating road to legal same-sex marriage in California.