Gay couple

A gay couple embrace during their wedding ceremony in San Francisco. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / June 29, 2013)

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court refused for the second time to stop gays from marrying Tuesday, rejecting a bid by a San Diego County official who contends Proposition 8 remains state law.

In a closed session, the state high court turned down a request by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. for a temporary hold or "stay" on same-sex marriages. The court rejected a similar request last week by the sponsors of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.

A court spokesman said the justices denied the hold on a 6-0 vote, with Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar not present.

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-- Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

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