Update (July 1): The Associated Press reports that Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a petition from ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8's sponsors, to "halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses" in California.
According to a statement from ProtectMarriage, the coalition
filed an emergency petition to U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal's premature move requiring same-sex "marriage" licenses in California, weeks before the Supreme Court's decision even goes into effect. The petition, prepared overnight, was submitted Saturday to Justice Anthony Kennedy, the associate justice who decides such motions pertaining to the Ninth Circuit. When the Ninth Circuit originally put in place its stay to prevent same-sex marriage pending Supreme Court action, it stated clearly that "the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court." Under Supreme Court procedural rules, "final disposition" comes ...1