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Thursday, 5 June 2008

No stay, so they stay

California Supreme Court has refused to stay its decision legalising gay marriage in the state. This means the final hurdle has now been cleared for same-sex couples to start tying the knot this month.

"Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the [. . .] Court to stop its May 15 order requiring state and local officials to sanction same-sex unions from becoming effective until voters have the chance to consider the issue in November," says a report from Associated Press. "The justices' decisions typically become final after 30 days."

California's voters get a chance to make their views known in a ballot on 4 November. It could overrule the court's decision by amending the state constitution to limit marriage to the heterosexual variety.

The AP story points out:

The four justices who denied the stay request were the same judges who joined in the majority opinion that found withholding marriage from same-sex couples constituted discrimination. The three dissenting justices said they thought a hearing on whether the stay should be granted was warranted.

The majority did not elaborate on its reasons for denying the stay, but simply issued a one-page order saying its original ruling on marriage would be final at 5 p.m. on June 16.

For the moment, gay couples in the nation's most populous state can get married starting 17 June, when counties must start issuing new gender-neutral marriage licences.

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

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