Saturday, March 5, 2011

California's AG Seeks Resumption of Gay Unions

Posted By on Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:19 AM

The legal fight over Prop 8 in California took one step forward and one step back this week.

In a letter to the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals, which oversees Idaho and eight other states, California's top attorney requested to allow gay marriages to resume immediately in California. The unions were put on hold while the sponsors of Proposition 8 appealed a trial judge's ruling striking down the ban. Attorney General Kamala Harris said opponents were unlikely to prevail in their appeal and that keeping the ban in effect was a fruitless violation of civil rights.

At the same time, California's Supreme Court signaled that it will not expedite its hearing on the matter.

Harris' filing joined six major lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal and advocacy organizations in filing briefs with California's high court.

"Events have demonstrated if the stay ever was justified, it is no longer," wrote Harris. "Supporters of Prop 8 have been utterly unable to demonstrate that injury would befall them in the absence of a stay."

The filings and appeals came a week after the Obama administration said it would no longer defend a federal law that prohibits the U.S. from recognizing gay unions.

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