Backers Of Ban On Gay Marriage Say Supreme Court Will Have Final Say

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supporters of Proposition 8, which banned
same-sex marriage in California, say they'll ask the Supreme Court
to overturn a ruling today from a federal appeals court.
The court declared the ban to be unconstitutional. But the court
also said gay marriages can't resume in the state until the
deadline passes for supporters of the ban to appeal to a larger
panel of the appeals court.

An attorney for a Christian legal aid group that helped defend
the ban says, "No court should presume to redefine marriage."
Brian Raum says it's no surprise that the court in San Francisco
ruled the way it did -- but that he's confident that what he calls
"the expressed will of the American people in favor of marriage
will be upheld at the Supreme Court."

The founder of a gay rights group, meanwhile, calls today's
ruling a "historic victory." Chad Griffin says it sends a message
to gays in California and elsewhere that "you can't strip away a
fundamental right."

The appeals panel's decision applies only to California.


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