SCOTUS to ADF: Go Away

Jim Burroway

June 30th, 2013

The Alliance Defending Freedom, the Phoenix-based anti-gay legal group that had been supporting ProtectMarriage’s fight to support California’s Proposition 8, had filed an emergency motion yesterday in a last desperate attempt to put a stop to same-sex weddings taking place in California. ADF had complained that the Ninth Circuit had lifted its stay on marriages before the end of the 22-day waiting period during which Prop 8 supporters can still file a separate motion for the Supreme Court to reconsider its position. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who oversees the Ninth Circuit, denied ADF’s emergency motion:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turned down at midday Sunday a request to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in California. Without comment, and without seeking views from the other side, Kennedy rejected a challenge to action by the Ninth Circuit Court on Friday implementing a federal judge’s ruling allowing such marriages.

…Although attorneys for the ballot measure’s sponsors have been creative in finding new ways to try to press the challenge, the brief action by Kennedy on Sunday may have removed the final barrier to the full achievement of marriage rights for gays and lesbians in the nation’s most populous state. …If there was some irony in Justice Kennedy’s action, it was that he was among the four dissenting Justices who would have allowed the measure’s backers to press their defense of the same-sex marriage ban. However, they had been out-voted, five to four.



June 30th, 2013

They’ve still got their long-shot request for reconsideration to file, and you can bet that they WILL file it.


July 1st, 2013

They’re saying they’ll just keep shopping for justices until they find one. Not sure if that’ll work well. It would be a pretty extraordinarily aggressive move for another justice to step in at this point, no?


July 1st, 2013

ADF is in Snotsdale, not PHX.


July 2nd, 2013

My soul is nourished by the bitter tears of James Dobson and his hypocritical, lying ADF.

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