Legal Groups Try to Halt Gay Marriages in CA

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On Monday, June 16 at 5:01 p.m., gay marriage will be legal in California.

That reality has Christian legal groups trying a variety of eleventh-hour tactics designed to halt the marriages.

Click the play button for an interview with Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children.

Virginia-based Liberty Counsel has filed a petition with the California Court of Appeal, requesting it to stay the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Last month, the California Supreme Court denied a petition to stay its May 15 ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. Liberty Counsel had asked for a stay, pending the outcome of the California marriage amendment on the November ballot.

The amendment states: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

The Sacramento-based Campaign for Children and Families is also urging California county clerks to ignore the Supreme Court's ruling in light of Proposition 22. More than 60 percent of voters approved this statute in 2000. It defines marriage as between a woman and a man.

Clerks in Kern County and Butte County said recently that they will no longer perform wedding ceremonies, arguing that they don't have enough resources to marry both homosexual and heterosexual couples.

The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund says it's providing legal counsel to Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett and will defend any clerk who has a right-of-conscience objection to same-sex marriage. Barnett has not said publicly that she has such an objection.

The Campaign for Children and Families is also urging California county governments to pass ordinances prohibiting same-sex marriage licenses, arguing that the counties can make ordinances that do not conflict with state statutes.

A study this week by UCLA's Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation and the Law forecasts 50,000 California gay couples will marry in the next three years along with 68,000 out-of-state gay couples.

The study also estimates that those weddings will generate $64 million in state tax revenue, $9 million in marriage license fees for counties and more than 2,000 jobs.

It predicts gay couples will spend $684 million on cakes, photographers and other wedding services over the next three years.

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