Today the California Supreme Court pounded the final nail in Prop 8′s coffin, ensuring that the frivolous and juvenile attempts by anti-gay groups to revive Prop 8 will never succeed. The Court today denied petitions that would have applied judge Vaughn Walker‘s historic Prop 8 decision — which the US Supreme Court upheld in June of this year — to a small area of California, making same-sex marriage legal in only part of the state.
“The cases had sought a ruling from the court that state officials lacked authority to mandate that Proposition 8 could no longer be enforced across the state, but the court denied those requests,” Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed reports:
“The petition for a writ of mandate is denied,” the court ordered in the proponents’ case.
“The request for dismissal of the petition for a writ of mandate is granted,” the court ordered in the clerk’s case.
Last month, NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, in a ridiculous fundraising email, labeled all elected and appointed officials who were allowing same-sex marriage in California to resume, “lawless.”
It’s lawless — but it’s executed by courts, politicians, and legal officials being pushed by powerful gay marriage activists to abandon their oath of office to uphold the Constitution and the law. In the eyes of our opponents, and increasingly among their allies, the right of homosexuals to “marry” trumps everything else — including the rule of law!
In California, state officials beholden to gay marriage activists are ordering all marriage clerks to ignore Prop 8 — despite the fact the California state constitution requires officials to uphold laws on the books until they are overturned by an appellate court. Despite what the media wants you to believe, Prop 8 has NOT been overturned in this manner.
Fortunately, now marriage equality in California is safely secured, even from the mad rantings of Brian Brown.
Marriage Equality USA issued this statement:
“Today’s ruling means that two Supreme Courts, the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court, agree that all loving, committed couples should have the freedom to marry in California,” said Jane Wishon, Marriage Equality USA Board President. “The decision is right as a matter of law and as a matter of love.”
“Today’s decision finally marks the end of years of litigation by the Prop. 8 proponents to deny the freedom to marry to lesbian and gay couples in California. Today’s decision reaffirms that all loving, committed couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, have the freedom to marry in every county across the state,” said John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA Legal and Policy Director.
“We are finalizing our wedding plans and we are relieved by today’s decision,” said Jeff Tabaco of Daly City, California, who will marry his partner of 10 years Thom Watson in September. “We can’t wait to exchange vows before our family and friends in just a few weeks, and to have legal recognition and protection for our relationship under both California and federal law,” added Watson.
“Whether you live in a small town in the Sierra, a rural community in the Central Valley, or in one of California’s major cities, it’s now clear that you have the freedom to marry in your hometown,” said Marriage Equality USA Board Member Robert St.Genis. “That’s the way it should be. All Californians should be treated fairly and equally.”
Geidner offers this update, a statement from California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris:
“Once again, equality and freedom triumph in California. The California Supreme Court has denied the Proposition 8 proponents’ latest attempt to deny same-sex couples their constitutional right to marry. I applaud the Court’s decision and my office will continue to defend the civil rights of all Californians.”
This article has been updated to clarify the ruling is from the California Supreme Court.
Image, top, by HRC via Twitter.
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