California Urges Court to Avoid Stay in Marriage Decision
May 30, 2008 by Editor
Saying he would defend the California Supreme Court’s May 15 ruling, California Attorney General Jerry Brown urged the court to reject petitions by anti-gay groups who seek to delay the ruling until after the November elections:
“‘This historic litigation is now concluded,’ wrote Senior Assistant Atty. Gen. Christopher E. Krueger in a brief filed with the high court. ‘It is time for these proceedings to end.’ In the brief, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said he plans to enforce the court’s May 15 ruling ‘with no less vigor’ than he previously sought to defend state laws that limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. California’s change of heart came as 10 other states, including Florida and Utah, filed a brief in support of a request by gay marriage opponents to delay the effective date of the court ruling. The offices of attorneys general of Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah protested that their states, which restrict marriage to unions of a man and a woman, would be inundated by litigation seeking to have them recognize same-sex nuptials in California.”
The L.A. Times notes that “the mere filing of the petition could delay same-sex marriages until mid-July, or, at the latest, mid-August, court officials said.