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Same-sex marriage opponents request California delay granting civil rights
Same-sex marriage opponents request California delay granting civil rights
SGN Staff Writers As anticipated, a right-wing group asked the California Supreme Court to postpone finalizing last week's same-sex marriage ruling for five months, saying voters should see the proposal on a ballot. The group is counting on an eleventh-hour ballot measure to amend the state constitution and make marriage legal only between one man and one woman.

In documents submitted Thursday, the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund claimed performing same-sex marriages before the possible amendment would be "confusing" for same-sex couples.

"The people of California have a constitutional right to vote on marriage, and we trust the high court will respect the democratic process. The possibility of significant and unnecessary legal and social problems can be avoided by waiting to see what the California people desire when it comes to the meaning of marriage," said ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy, who argued before the court March 4.

"Amending the state constitution is ultimately the only avenue to ensure that no one interferes with the will of the California people on the meaning of marriage," Lavy said. "We hope that the court will allow the California people to have their say on the amendment without enduring the potential problems associated with implementing the court's decision before then."

The Supreme Court justices have until June 16 to consider the petition.

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