The editorial page of the Los Angeles Times agrees with AFER’s legal team. The stay in the Prop. 8 case should be lifted during the appeal. Same-sex couples in California should be allowed to marry:
Although the federal courts expedited their handling of the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, the issues are far from resolved. And now that the California Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in, the case could be delayed for another year or more.
Enough already. Gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to wed while the case works its way through the system.
The state Supreme Court was asked by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on whether supporters of Proposition 8 have the right — known as “standing” — to continue with their case. It indicated that it would hear arguments late this year, with a ruling likely to follow a few months later. Meanwhile, a stay pending the outcome of the appeal has kept gay weddings from going forward. Now, however, the lawyers challenging Proposition 8 have asked the 9th Circuit to lift the stay and allow the weddings to take place. We agree that it should.
We agree it should, too.