Lawyers representing proponents of Prop. 8, the state's ban on gay marriage, had until Tuesday
to petition the Ninth Circuit to rehear the 2-1 ruling which concluded Prop. 8 was unconstitutional. As we reported yesterday
, some now believe the Supreme Court might decline to hear the case -- a possible victory for gay-rights advocates, since the right-leaning court could deliver a broad defeat for advocates of same-sex marriage.
One might think this would encourage gay marriage foes to take their case to the supremes, but here's how Andy Pugno, legal counsel for the Protect Marriage Coalition
, explained their decision:
Generally speaking, we think the Ninth Circuit as a whole deserves the
chance to basically fix this because the decision is such an outlier,
it's really not representative of what the Ninth Circuit's thinking on
this issue has been.
The appeal means that same-sex marriages in California will be halted at least until
the Ninth Circuit decides whether to accept or reject the rehearing petition. "There is liberal and then there is insanity, and there is just no
way the entire Ninth Circuit would sign off on a decision like this,"
If a larger panel of justices from the Ninth Circuit rehears the case, the resulting ruling will almost certainly be appealed by the losing side to the Supreme Court.
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As some predicted, Proposition 8 backers are saying they will ask a larger group of judges from the liberal-leaning Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge panel's decision to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage, rather than appealing the ruling directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.