Prop. 8 Backers to SCOTUS: Stop Gay Weddings

Says Supreme Court's decision isn't binding for 25 days
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
Prop. 8 Backers to SCOTUS: Stop Gay Weddings
Larry Pascua carries a rainbow flag at a celebration for the US Supreme Court's rulings on Prop. 8 and DOMA in San Francisco, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

As wedding bells are ringing for gay couples in California, the group that brought the state Prop. 8 to begin with has filed an emergency request asking the Supreme Court to stay the unions. It's not terribly likely to happen, reports the LA Times, as one law professor says that such requests get the thumbs-up once or twice a decade, and this one in particular is headed for the desk of Anthony Kennedy—who wrote the dissenting opinion in Wednesday's decision, but isn't likely to OK this one without reopening the issue at the high court. "I would be pretty shocked if he granted a stay," says the prof. Lawyers for ProtectMarriage are claiming that the Supreme Court's decision isn't binding for 25 days, which gives it time to appeal.

ProtectMarriage is bashing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to allow gay marriages to go forward immediately. "Suspiciously, the 9th Circuit's announcement late Friday ordering same-sex marriages came as a surprise, without any warning or notice to Proposition 8's official proponents," it said in a statement, saying the decision reeked of "corruption." (More Proposition 8 stories.)

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