California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court allow homosexual weddings in the Golden State to resume immediately.
"The public interest weighs heavily against the government sanctioning such discrimination by permitting it to continue," State Attorney General Kamala Harris wrote in a letter to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday.
Same-sex unions have been put on hold while sponsors of Proposition 8, the voter-approved initiative defining marriage as being between a man and woman, appeal a trial judge's ruling striking down the measure.
Harris told the 9th Circuit since Prop 8 proponents were unlikely win their appeal, keeping the law in effect is a fruitless violation of gay Californians' civil rights.
"For 846 days, Proposition 8 has denied equality under the law to gay and lesbian couples," Harris said. "Each and every one of those days, same-sex couples have been denied their right to convene loved ones and friends to celebrate marriages sanctioned and protected by California law."
University of California law professor Rory Little told the Sacramento Bee that Harris' stance would likely have little impact on the case.
"It's a political statement," Little said. "It's not a very important legal statement. Legally, the position is the same as it was under (now-Gov. Jerry) Brown."