SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex unions.
Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted a petition to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
The appeals court is considering the Proposition 8 case after a trial judge struck down the ban last year. The court imposed a stay on that ruling during the appeals process.
In Tuesday’s petition, Harris joined lawyers for the two gay couples who sued to overturn Proposition 8 in asking the court to lift the stay.
Harris, who previously served as San Francisco’s district attorney, succeeded Gov. Jerry Brown as attorney general in January. Brown refused to defend Proposition 8 before the appeals court.
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