CA Court Refuses to Stay Gay Marriage

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Despite efforts by conservative, family advocates in California, the state's high court will not stay it's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The May decision by California's top justices cleared the way for same-sex weddings to begin on June 17. The ruling becomes effective at 5 p.m., on June 16.

Click play to listen to Matt Staver, with the Liberty University School of Law, about the court's recent ruling and what could happen next. 

"The court has not only ignored the will of the people of California, it has imposed years of legal chaos quite possibly on the entire nation," said ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy, who argued before the court March 4. "Without exaggeration, this decision is the most egregious case of judicial activism in modern American history."

Legal representatives fighting for the stay say they're not giving up.

"We will continue appealing until we get a stay," said Matt Staver with the Liberty Counsel told CBN News.

Religious and conservative legal groups argued against the court order going into effect until after voters had a chance to weigh in on the issue a second time. In November, California voters will have their say over a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Staver said he believes the court's recent decision will lead to a marriage frenzy in the state, only for the unions to eventually be considered null and void.

"People may rush to California to get these so-called marriage licenses. Then the people will vote in November to overturn this decision and put in the state constitution that only marriage between a man and woman will be valid and recognized in the state of California," he said.

California's Supreme Court issued the ruling allowing gay marriage, despite the vote of the people in 2000 agreeing with the traditional, heterosexual definition of marriage.

In response, Christians and conservatives quickly rallied to collect a million signatures within a hundred days to see the issue back on the 2008 ballot in November.

Ten other states also pressured the justices to delay implementing the ruling. Their attorneys general argue that the California court ruling could affect similar litigation in their courts.

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