California Attorney General Asks Court To Lift Gay Marriage Stay

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.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Mike

    So much for vote for Prop. 8 that was approved by the voters! The libs who run the state don’t care about the vote. The same libs have turned our state into a bankrupt garbage bin!

    • Michael, not Mike

      Majority rule isn’t allowed when it comes down to civil rights. BTW, liberal means freedom.

      • Deuce

        Liberal used to mean freedom.
        Today it means over reaching government intervention, intrusion and tax burden.

    • Kimberly

      Stop worrying about who your neighbor is sleeping with!

      • Joe

        2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.” Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything from gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

    • Joe

      1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

    • Joe

      4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously. Reagan promised “to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending,” but federal spending “ballooned” under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest — the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war.

  • John Schaffran

    They don’t give a damn about the law either! How many times must we see democrats give us the finger before we just move out of here? Good luck trying to collect revenue!

  • Ruth T

    Mike and all other prop8 supporters who wish to choose how others live their lives – a majority vote can only be valid if it does not deny a minority equal rights. That was the most fundamental concern of the men who wrote our constitution. btw – if you think the ‘libs’ run this state -how aboutt if we pass a vote by a small percentage that denys you the right to marry the person of your choice? Or one that eliminates the right of couples to divorce – and make it retroactive, nullifying all previous divorces?

    • Lance Burton

      Can you show me in the Constitution where it says you have a right to be married?

      • Ruth T

        The US Supreme Court rules that the 14th Amendment- Equal Protection Clause guarantees that no State Law could constitute an arbitrary and invidious discrimination. – and that under the Due Process Clause “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.” – The US Constitution is upheld by the Supreme Court when Laws are passed by the votgers or the Legislatures which violate the Consitution.

    • SherryF16

      I am with Lance. Show me in the constitution “the right to get married”? No one’s constitutional rights are being violated. Those “rights” need to exist in the first place and they don’t.
      Also, gays do have the right to get married, just not to the same sex!!!
      The gays have civil unions as do hetero couples who choose not to get married. Be happy and leave it alone.

  • timatoe

    Why does anyone have a right to get married? Maybe everyone should get a civil union and you can get married in your church to whomever you choose. Government shouldn’t be in the marriage business one way or the other.

  • JoJo Dancer

    Ruth when they overturn this, can I marry as many people as I want? Or, will you deny me the right to marry the people I love? Just curious.

    • JustAsking

      I love my dog very much… would I be allowed to marry “Fifi” if I am allowed to marry whoever I choose?

      • Joe

        10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Talbian and Osama Bin Laden — a prominent mujahidin commander — emerged from these mujahidin groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services’ close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan’s decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in Bin Laden’s ascendancy.

  • proudmnkey

    why cant gays marry? they vote, pay taxes, put out fires, police our streets, teach our kids, preach in our churches, roam the halls of congress, save our lives in hospitals, build our roads, grow our food etc. etc. if you are not gay, why stop them?
    as far as the vote, the vote counts, and should be upheld. Gays have to start all over and get it on the ballot again, and again until they get their desired results…..that is how the process works… and we must stay within the process…… I am straight– if it matters…

  • Deuce

    Marriage is a religious institution
    The only reason the government got involved in marriage was the fact they saw a cash cow. (License fees)
    As I understand it, gay marriage and religion are mutually exclusive.
    Why would gays want to be bound by a religious ceremony?
    The true solution to this issue is to get the government out of marriage completely.
    All unions should be civil unions in the eyes of government whereas those that wish to be “married” in the eyes of the church could do so outside of government intervention.

    • Ruth T

      Many couples who enter into marriage do not have a religious ceremony. Marriage in our State and in the US is a civil institution. Churches do not give out marriage licenses. Churches do not provide the legal status of “married”. TODAY marriage is NOT a religious institution – it is a civil one which is often enacted in a religious environment but not required. AND – man y churches recognize and accept gays- God is all powerful – and His powers are unlimited – obviously, looking at the world He also likes differences and diversity. Otherwise all areas of the world would look the same and all humans would look and act the same. Narrow minded religions exclude gay marriage- Beliefs in the Love Christ gifted us with do not.

      • timatoe

        That’s why I said everyone should get a civil union. Marriage IS a religious ceremony in every culture. For some reason we seem to think the government should be involved.

  • Tom

    The vote should count but come on people get a clue it’s great birth control for the gene pool

  • skinner

    This is NOT what the citizens of California voted for. It’s “We the people” not “You the Government”.

  • equal

    denying someones rights is wrong. It wasn’t all that long ago that African Americans were denied all rights. Asian Americans were not allowed to marry “white” The list goes on…..
    Equal rights is what is on the table. EQUAL! It doesn’t matter your color, gender or age, it shouldn’t matter your sex!

  • Dave

    WOW!! Small town ignorance at it’s finest. Who cares if gays marry? Sounds like you people are VERY prejudice against something that will NEVER affect you. This should have never been a voted issue, it’s their CIVIL RIGHT!! Stop being some smalltown rednecks…

    • keep it real

      It does affect us when is being forced on us through the media and various other outlets like are schools. Alot of ppl dont wont religon pushed on them yet being gay is pushed and where just supposed to bow down and accept it no thanks

      • KittyBacon

        But how is being gay forced on you? Turn off the TV or walk away if you don’t like their “gayness” Just like I do when you retoric gets tiresome…
        Or is it that you don’t want gays to exist at all? Sounds like bigotry to me!

  • Rebecka

    When two gay couples, their gay lawyers and one gay judge can overturn the votes of 7 million California citizens and some legislaters do not believe that we are one nation under God and refuse to protect the rights of the vast majority of Californians by using the accuse that 7 million plus citizens are taking away the civil rights of homosexuals, well they have got that backwards, but their top political ($)supporters are no doubt homosexuals. Because of these polititions all of our morals are being challenged and that smacks of corruption.

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