Same Sex marriages in California from the 17th of June

5 Jun 2008

California's highest court has refused to delay finalising its ruling to legalise same-sex marriage, opening up marriage for gays and lesbians in the state in less than two weeks when their ruling of last month becomes final.

Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the California Supreme Court to stop its order from becoming effective until voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue but the Supreme Court denied their petition their petition for a stay on the decision.

"It would have been unprecedented to postpone constitutional rights based on speculation of how a political scenario may or may not play out," San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera told Reuters.

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