Thursday, June 5, 2008

California court denies request to stay gay marriage ruling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The California Supreme Court won't delay implementation of its ruling allowing same-sex marriages. Utah and nine other states had asked the court to stay the decision until after the November election, when California voters will decide on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Wednesday's court decision means same-sex couples in California can get married starting June 17. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, on behalf of 9 other attorneys general, had asked the court for the stay, saying the states could face "premature, unnecessary" lawsuits. Recognition of same-sex marriage is prohibited by Utah's constitution but the state could face a federal challenge if it decides not to recognize marriages from
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