BREAKING: Ninth Circuit denies motion to lift stay on marriages during Prop. 8 appeal

Just got this via email from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

Filed order (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and N. RANDY SMITH) Having considered all of the factors set forth in Nken v. Holder, 129 S. Ct. 1749, 1756 (2009), and all of the facts and circumstances surrounding Plaintiffs’ motion to vacate the stay pending appeal, as well as the standard for vacatur set forth in Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 472 F.3d 1097, 1101 (9th Cir. 2006), we deny Plaintiffs’ motion at this time. [7691622] (KKW)

I added the emphasis.

We’ll post more as we get more info. from the lawyers for the plaintiffs.

UPDATE @ 3:10 PM: Via email, we got the statement from Chad Griffin, the Chair of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is the sole sponsor of the Prop. 8 lawsuit:

“Several weeks ago, we filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking the Court to lift its stay and allow California’s gay and lesbian couples to marry. We felt then, as we do now, that it is decidedly unjust and unreasonable to expect California’s gay and lesbian couples to put their lives on hold and suffer daily discrimination as second-class citizens while their US District Court victory comes to its final conclusion.

It is un-American to deprive gay and lesbian couples of their fundamental constitutional right to marry. These are adults in committed, loving relationships who just want to live their lives without government interference.

Last August, the US District Court declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. We believe that the courts will permanently secure the freedom to marry for all Californians.

AFER is committed to ensuring that all Americans have the freedom to marry.”


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