People react outside the Equality California offices in West Hollywood to a ruling by U.S. Supreme Court that the sponsors of California's controversial Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to appeal a 2010 ruling against the measure, a procedural act that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California but avoided a nationwide decision.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / June 26, 2013)
Opponents of same-sex marriage asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that Gov. Jerry Brown
lacked the authority to end enforcement of Proposition 8
ProtectMarriage, the group that sponsored the 2008 ballot measure banning gay marriage, urged the state high court to act under a California constitutional provision that prohibits officials from refusing to enforce a law unless an appellate court has first determined the law is unconstitutional. There is no binding appellate ruling that says Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Legal experts predicted the California court would reject the challenge. Lawyers for the gay couples who fought Proposition 8 in federal court said they anticipated such an action and were prepared to respond to it. They said a state court may not interfere with a federal court’s decision.
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In its 50-page challenge, ProtectMarriage framed its case as a matter “concerning the rule of law and limitations on public officials’ authority."
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