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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy has denied a bid to stop California gay marriages, a spokeswoman for the Judge confirmed.
Opponents of gay marriage had petitioned the US Supreme Court on Saturday to immediately reinstate a 5 year old ban on same-sex matrimony in California that was lifted a day earlier by a federal appeals court.
Opponents of gay marriage petitioned the US Supreme Court on Saturday to immediately reinstate a 5 year old ban on same-sex matrimony in California that was lifted a day earlier by a federal appeals court.
Supporters of the gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, which California voters approved in 2008, asked the high court to overrule a 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals order that lifted an injunction barring same-sex unions.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say that a judge acted 'prematurely' in allowing the weddings to take place.
Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks, for the Arizona based Alliance Defending Freedom group, said it was "unfair" that the unions were being allowed to take place, while Supreme Court justices were still considering the case.
The group has the right to ask a judge to reconsider their decision, that Proposition 8's backers did not have the legal authority to defend the ban, over the next 22 days.
Lawyers for the sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban have filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop gay weddings, reported Associated Press.
The supporters of gay marriage say the federal appeals court "acted prematurely" by lifting an injunction which prevents the unions.
Two of the plaintiffs who challenged California's ban on gay marriage wed in Los Angeles. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, California, were among the plaintiffs that went before the US Supreme Court this year.
"So many others like us did not stand for being treated as second class citizens", said Mr Zarrillo.
Gay marriage can resume immediately in California after an appeals court on Friday lifted an injunction preventing the unions.
"The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately," the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.
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Same-sex marriages were set to resume in California, after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a surprise order lifting an injunction.