California's Supreme Court says it will not order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month on Proposition 8, California's governor and attorney general told county clerks the voter-approved ban on gay marriages was legally invalid.
But supporters of the voter-approved amendment, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, filed a lawsuit asking the state to continue enforcing the gay marriage ban while their legal battle continues.
On Friday, the state high court refused their request, but said it will consider whether the governor and attorney general acted correctly in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling.
"Although we would have preferred for the California Supreme Court to issue a stay so that the state's marriage amendment would be respected sooner rather than later ... we remain hopeful that the court will recognize that Proposition 8 remains the law of the land in California and that county clerks must continue to enforce it," said Austin Nimocks, a lawyer for the religious coalition that qualified Proposition 8 for the November 2008 ballot.