San Francisco-The California Supreme Court today filed an order in the Marriage Cases (S147999; decision filed May 15, 2008), denying requests to stay its decision until after the November 2008 election and denying petitions for rehearing.
The rehearing petitions were denied by a 4-3 vote. Chief Justice Ronald George, and Justices Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Werdegar, and Carlos Moreno voted to deny rehearing. Justices Marvin Baxter, Ming Chin, and Carol Corrigan would have granted rehearing.
The order further specified that the decision of the court filed on May 15, 2008, will become final on June 16, 2008, at 5 p.m.
This is huge on several fronts, one it means lots of married same sex couples by November. That makes it much more difficult for the theocrats to demonize these marriages. It also makes it harder to claim they are somehow ‘destroying’ marriage. Two it gives us a nice argument to use against the anti-marriage amendment, what about all the marriages that have already been preformed? Are you just going to rip them apart? Hopefully these developments will push us over the top in November.
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