WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters in California to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation’s most populous state.
Kennedy turned away the request on Sunday with no additional comment.
Same-sex marriage opponents asked him to step in on Saturday, a day after the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages to go forward. Numerous weddings were performed at San Francisco City Hall following the court decisions.
The opponents said the appeals court had acted about three weeks too soon. Proposition 8 supporters could continue their efforts to halt gay marriage by filing their request with another Supreme Court justice.
Views conflict on gay marriage rights and wrongs
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins predicts that many Americans who are tolerant of gay marriage will be shocked to see how its legalization reduces their religious rights.
Perkins says parents may soon find that their children’s public schools promote acceptance of gay marriage. He added that Christian business owners will increasingly face prosecution if they refuse to participate in same-sex weddings.
Perkins appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with attorney Ted Olson, who represented gays seeking to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage. California has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court turned away appeals by citizens who support the ban.
Olson said people don’t choose to be gay, and laws that “demean” them and their relationships are “very, very wrong.”