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California Supreme Court denies second attempt to halt marriages

For the second time, the California Supreme Court has denied a request to immediately halt the marriages of gay and lesbian couples in the state.



In two separate cases, the Prop. 8 Proponents and the San Diego County Clerk are also asking the Court to limit the scope of federal district court decision that found Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Gay and lesbian couples have been able to marry in the state since June 28.

Their cases have been called “baseless,” “frivolous” and without a “chance of succeeding.”

Today, 24 county clerks also urged the California Supreme Court to continue to allow marriages in all of California’s 58 counties:

The state’s high court has recognized since 2004 that the clerks’ offices that issue marriage licenses “act under the supervision of state officials who are ultimately responsible for the state’s marriage license process,” said a lawyer for 20 elected clerks led by Stephen Vagnini of Monterey County.