Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from the proponents of Proposition 8 to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to the Associated Press, Kennedy declined the request without comment Sunday, June 30. The news was released just as hundreds of thousands of people began celebrating at the 42nd annual LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco.
Prop 8 proponents had filed their request to stop the marriages Saturday, saying the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals had acted too soon in lifting the stay of a lower court ruling that declared Prop 8 unconstitutional. Normally, the 9th Circuit would have lifted the stay about 25 days after the Supreme Court decision, but the appellate court lifted the stay Friday afternoon, surprising just about everyone. Shortly afterwards, the two plaintiff couples in the Prop 8 case were married.
Plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier were married Friday at San Francisco City Hall by state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The other couple in the case, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, from Los Angeles, were married that evening by outgoing LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Same-sex marriages are expected to begin throughout the state Monday, July 1. San Francisco City Hall remained open over the weekend.
At Sunday’s Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s annual Pride breakfast, a packed house heard from the Prop 8 plaintiff couples.
Katami told the crowd that on Friday, as he and Zarrillo waited for their marriage license, the county clerk kept shaking his head. Soon enough, the clerk was taking a call from Harris, from San Francisco where she was about to marry Perry and Stier.
“Our attorney general was on the phone with him,” Katami said.