Gay Marriages Expected to Resume in Mid-July
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Several questions remained on Thursday in the wake of a decision by the Supreme Court not to hear an appeal from the backers of Proposition 8.
Perhaps the biggest question was when same-sex marriages would be able to resume in California.
Prop 8, which was passed by voters in 2008, banned same-sex married in the state.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the private backers of Prop 8 did not have the legal standing to defend the measure after the state declined to do so.
The decision means that the ruling of a federal judge in San Francisco invalidating the ban on same-sex marriage will be reinstated.
An appeals court stay on that decision will be lifted.
It was expected to take about 25 days for the Supreme Court decision to be finalized and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift its stay.
That means that same-sex marriages could begin again sometime in mid-July.
California Attorney General Kama Harris said on Wednesday that she would like to see the process move more quickly.
“I am calling on the 9th Circuit to urge them in the strongest terms that they lift the stay and enforce the permanent injunction so marriages can begin in California immediately,” Harris said.
However, opponents of gay marriage have said that they are not giving up their fight.
They could go back to court to argue that the ruling should only apply to the couples who were plaintiffs in the case, and not to couples throughout the state.
Prop 8 supporters protested the Supreme Court decision in San Diego on Wednesday.
They complained that five justices overturned a law that was passed by the majority of California voters.
There was the possibility that specific counties could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Harris has said she will take those counties to court.