Group tries to stop same-sex marriage

June 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A conservative Christian legal group is making a last-ditch effort to stop same-sex marriage from taking place in California.

Virginia-based Liberty Counsel filed a petition on Thursday with a San Francisco appeals court to temporarily prohibit county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The group takes issue with the State Supreme Court's decision last month, making gay marriage legal.

"The petition to the court of appeal is to remind the court that the judges cannot write new laws, the judges cannot create same-sex marriages, only the legislature can, only the voters through the initiative process can," said a representative of the Christian legal group.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom laughed off the latest appeal when informed Thursday by ABC7's Carolyn Tyler.

"I recognize these guys can't pay their mortgages unless they have this cause, and there's financial obligations they've got to meet, and I'm happy to find a new career for some of these folks, more people to attack and more people they can divide. I'm just over them, move on," said Mayor Newsom.

Barring any further action, gay couples will be able to start getting married at 5:01 p.m. Monday, when the Supreme Court's decision becomes final.


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