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BREAKING: Kennedy rejects ‘emergency’ bid to stop gay marriages in Calif.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Updated: 11:00 a.m. PDT

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California’s now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in America’s most populous state.

Kennedy turned away the appeal with no additional comment just as San Francisco’s gay pride parade was getting under way in San Francisco, where dozens of couples have gotten married since Friday and where the clerk’s office was expected to issue more licenses on Sunday.

Same-sex marriage opponents asked Kennedy to step in on Saturday, a day after the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages to go forward.

The opponents said the appeals court had acted about three weeks too soon when it cleared the way Friday for same-sex marriages to be legal in California for the first time in 4 ½ years by lifting a hold it had imposed on such unions while a lawsuit challenging Propositio n 8, the gay wedding ban, made its way to and through the high court.

Under Supreme Court rules, the losing side in a legal dispute has 25 days to request a rehearing. While such requests are almost never granted, the high court said that it wouldn’t finalize its judgment in the case at least until after that waiting period elapsed.

Proposition 8 supporters could continue their efforts to halt gay marriage by filing their request with another Supreme Court justice. They also have another 21 days to seek a rehearing before the high court.

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Proposition 8′s backers lacked standing to defend the 2008 law because California’s governor and attorney general have declined to defend the ban.

Then on Friday, the 9th Circuit appeared to have removed the last obstacle to making same sex matrimony legal again in California when it removed its hold on a lower court’s 2010 order directing state officials to stop enforcing th e ban.

Within hours, same sex couples were seeking marriage licenses. The two couples who sued to overturn Proposition 8 were wed in San Francisco and Los Angeles Friday.

Organizers of the gay pride parade have invited newly married couples to a VIP reception at San Francisco City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Developing story, check back for updates.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. This is just another example of how pathetic these people are YOU BIGOTS LOST! MOVE ON!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:54am
  2. Suck it bigots!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:54am
  3. This only makes sense. The case wasn’t lost on some debatable ‘merits’ (which it should have, by the way), it was lost because the petitioners didn’t have the right to bring the case before the court. So who (but lawyers eager to get paid) would think they had a right to ‘appeal’?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:54am
  4. one more for the good guys

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:55am
  5. Well, of COURSE the fundies are panicking!! Hey, at least they know who to blame for the next natural disaster!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:55am
  6. They should realize by now that they lost. There’s nothing left to do. Such a big losers … Lets move on.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:56am
  7. emergency! bahahaha

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:56am
  8. These idiots are trying way too hard. Get the hell over it, they’re no better than the bigots who tried to stopped interracial marriage, and looked how that turned out. (despite that some people STILL have an issue with that too)

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:57am
  9. Hah… when will they ever learn? They said NO. They will keep saying NO.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:57am
  10. ha ha, screw you haters!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:58am
  11. Thank God. Keep those idiots from forcing their views on us!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:58am
  12. Justice Kennedy basically told them ‘take a flying leap assholes’ lol

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:02am
  13. Maybe they can appeal to the Earth Supreme Court, and then re-appeal to the Solar System Supreme Court, and then the Milky Way Supreme Court…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:07am
  14. imao

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:08am
  15. some people have nothing else better to do but keep trouble stired up and have their nose in other business where it don’t belong!! gezz just let it go, the world would be a better place. everyone needs to worry about uno #1, your self’s.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:08am
  16. I can hear Pat Robertson and the clowns at Westboro now when the inevitable happens and a hurricane strikes land.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:08am
  17. Give it up.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:12am
  18. Freaking A..awesome job Supreme court!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:12am
  19. the haters will fall

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:13am
  20. think that money could be better used in something that really effects marriage and children like jobs and food. i dont think these people really care about the real iszues here just power.my marriage in 2004 did not change anything in Massachusetts but other peoples tolerance and conversations.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:14am
  21. What are they so afraid of? First it was the indians because they were different , then the blacks because the were different but powerful, the the jews because they studied a different bible and now they have a fear of same sex marriages because it does not represent what they wish it would. When will they just admit that the fighting is over

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:16am
  22. Religion exits for two reasons: 1) to control behavior; 2) to control assets. They need an “other” to measure their behavior against so they know they are “right” in the eyes of their deity. Then they need people to send money. CBN is going crazy with a fund raising campaign. This is a theology of prosperity. They take hypocrisy to a new level.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:16am
  23. Free at last! With Liberty and Justice For All! Why can’t you let it be!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:22am
  24. TOO BAD

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:26am
  25. Some people….

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:27am
  26. Give it a rest people! …mind your own business and stop trying to control other people’s lives! …good grief!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:31am
  27. Gooooood!:)

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:34am
  28. Ha

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:37am
  29. This makes me so happy, I was on the San Francisco Chronicle website last night and they were showing pics of all the weddings. Everyone looked so happy and in love. I don’t understand the people that would want too end that. Thank you to the Supreme Court for striking it down.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:38am
  30. It’s all over. Along with slavery, child labor, and Jim Crow.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:41am
  31. Arizona alliance “defending freedom”.. whose freedom is being defended!??

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:45am
  32. Why do people fight so hard against something that has nothing to do with them! I don’t get people who hate! Just wrong!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:46am
  33. Pat Robertson’s Probably Blaming His Wife!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:52am
  34. Oh how I wish this meant we all had the rights!! Over 30 other states that gained nothing from Wed rulings…. except hope….I live in Ga…. A backwards state…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:53am
  35. “Fundies”!?!? That’s what I say! Great minds think alike.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:01am
  36. I kinda knew that was going to happen.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:02am
  37. Hello I would like to sher my story unfair in this life and I hope to advise me because I’m tired and I feel strange in my country because my State of does not understand the meaning of Homeopathy it is a sin they meka me het my life, especially my mother who Tnatna aberrant and Tanqrna and wish me to die and every night spying on the door of my room evre nightYou know what it means to love someone madly and can not live without it and have to fight for it, even if the price beatings and verbal abuse, humiliation and in the end, people are trying to force her to marry a man But she rejects , but for how long? Do you feel how much I hurt and I want to die this in justice only thing that I loved in my life they want to take of me, Oh my God, how much this hurts Where is justice and fairness in this life

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:11am
  38. I’m still nervous. At the end of the article, they said they can appeal to another justice. I have little doubt that Thomas would be happy to sign.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:15am
  39. they haters loosed and they kneed to get over it

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:20am
  40. BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:21am
  41. Tell them to get lives!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:25am
  42. Get over it.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:44am
  43. SILLY people. Give it up! The SCOTUS have ruled……that’s IT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:47am
  44. Fundagelicals says someone I know, which sometimes turns into Fudgegelicals.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:59am
  45. Fundamentalists…..as in Fundamentalist Christians. ;)

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:19pm
  46. How big of an asshole do you have to be that other people marrying someone that love is an emergency to you? Get your priorities straight bigots.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:23pm
  47. YES!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3:41pm