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Proposition 8 sponsors asking court to halt gay marriages in California

Proposition 8 sponsors asking court to halt gay marriages in California

The group behind Proposition 8 on Friday (12 July) asked the California Supreme Court to put a halt to the same-sex marriages which resumed in the state last week.

The 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage in the state was struck down by a US Supreme Court decision last month that let stand a lower court ruling which declared it unconstitutional.

The group ProtectMarriage wants the state’s high court to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They argue that Governor Jerry Brown does not have the authority to end enforcement of the marriage ban.

The group says in its court filing that the case is a matter ‘concerning the rule of law and limitations on public officials’ authority.’

Lawyers for the gay couples who fought Proposition 8 in federal court expected such action from their opposition.

‘This latest filing is utterly baseless,’ lead attorney Ted Olson said in a statement.

Olsen also stated: ‘Proponents’ latest effort to stop loving couples from marrying in California is a desperate and frivolous act.’