SAN FRANCISCO — Sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban say a federal appeals court decision that clears the way for gay weddings to resume is “disgraceful.”
Anthony Pugno, general counsel for a coalition of religious conservative groups, called Friday’s order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals an “outrageous act” by judges and politicians determined to overturn voter-approved Proposition 8.
Immediately after the court’s order, the lead plaintiffs in the case hurried to San Francisco’s City Hall to be married by state Attorney General Kamala Harris.
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Pugno called the court’s decision an “abuse of power to manipulate the system and render the people voiceless.”
Friday’s decision came after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the sponsors of California’s gay marriage ban lacked the authority to defend it in court.
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