California AG Wants Gay Marriages to Resume Now
But appeals court might wait 25 days
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
California Attorney General Kamala Harris discusses the Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – So when will wedding bells resume tolling in California for gay couples? It typically takes 25 days for a Supreme Court ruling to take effect, explains the San Jose Mercury News. That would take us to July 21, but state attorney general Kamala Harris said today that it's not necessary to wait that long. She called for the US 9th Circuit in California to forgo the usual waiting period and act on the higher court's ruling immediately, reports the LA Times. The court hasn't said it will do so, however.

The potential hangup: Yet more legal challenges when the case returns to the lower court. Backers of Prop 8, for example, could try to argue that the 2010 ruling declaring the measure unconstitutional doesn't apply statewide, says the Mercury News. (Harris disagrees.) Gov. Jerry Brown, meanwhile, wants things to move quickly as soon as the lower court lifts its stay on that 2010 decision. Today, he ordered the state's counties to be ready to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples the moment that happens. As of now, the safe bet seems to be sometime next month.

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GlobalGood
Jun 27, 2013 11:56 AM CDT
In SPITE of S/C rulings, and the willingness and election of global law enforcement populations to support /NOT support that decision, this is one that will do greater HARM than good. It makes NO DIFFERENCE what gender someone is or whom they are loved by and share their love and life with; the sanctity of faith and family are two things that will no doubt bring an untimely death to more gays and homosexuals than anyone might have first imagined. People have the right to be loved and to love others, and those rights should not be seperated by tax laws and benefits. What has to remain seperate is the ideal that gay couples can affectively and adequately raise heterosexual children is a myth and a fallacy perpetuated by persons sharing a controversial lifestyle yet wanting to raise children as if nothing was different. I'm sorry, but our children are innocent. They are born into this world knowing nothing more than the need to be cared for. They learn to walk from need, to speak from association, how to dress from the examples that are set for them, and right from wrong by those who would teach them by example. They are never going to know different if the only loving association they are bound to is one of homosexual deviance. God made us as we are for the purpose of perpetuating life, love and family. NO ONE has the right to change that.
homer57
Jun 27, 2013 6:35 AM CDT
Here's a picture: two men, in the same bed: producing what, a poop poo hat, and disease? GOD calls this an abomination and perverse! Homosexuals do NOT reproduce: they RECRUIT!! The Supreme Court has committed treason in going against the constitution!!
carson
Jun 26, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
benefits designed to ensure people raise the children they create together should not be extended to appease people seeking affirmation and entitlements...even homosexually inclined children deserve a mother and a father