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Liberty Counsel Will Ask California Court To Stay Opinion Until Californians Vote On Marriage
Liberty Counsel intends to file a motion asking the California Supreme Court to stay its opinion pending the outcome of a vote in November on a state constitutional amendment that could preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman and overturn the Court’s opinion.
Californians may have the chance to overturn the Court’s order by amending the state constitution. Over one million signatures in favor of the California Marriage Protection Act are being certified and voters will soon know whether more than 700,000 are valid so that the Act will appear on the November, 2008 ballot.
A stay of the Court’s order is needed so that California does not create confusion by recognizing same-sex “marriage” for five months and then suddenly stopping after the amendment passes and the Court loses jurisdiction over the issue.
Please pray that the Court agrees to stay the order so that the people of California can have the last word on protecting marriage in that state.
The White House issued a statement about the Court’s decision: “President Bush has always believed marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. It’s unfortunate when activist judges continue to seek to redefine marriage by court order – without regard for the will of the people. Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court illustrates that a federal constitutional amendment is the best way for the people to decide what marriage means. President Bush remains firmly committed to protecting the sanctity of marriage.”
We must pray that our next President does everything possible to make sure that a federal marriage amendment is actually passed!
Tonight, Mat Staver is scheduled to discuss this case with talk show host Michael Savage at 7:30 p.m. ET on The Savage Nation, a popular nationally-syndicated radio program.
Liberty Counsel’s involvement in this case has received extensive media attention. A few links are provided below:
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban (New York Times)
California ruling for gay marriage could galvanize Florida (Miami Herald)
Calif. ruling akin to “legal tsunami” (OneNewsNow)
Opponents of gay marriage see hope in ballot measure (Los Angeles Times)
State Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry (San Francisco Chronicle)
Court overturns same-sex marriage ban (San Jose Mercury News)
Black Robes Trash Traditional Marriage (WorldNetDaily)
Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk
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