Ruling reprieve in the works

Those opposing same-sex marriages say they are hoping the state’s Supreme Court will withhold any “I do’s” until after the November election.

In response to a decision by the state’s highest court that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, one of the attorneys who argued before the court against same-sex marriages said Thursday’s ruling proves why the state constitution should be changed.

A ballot measure has been submitted to the California Secretary of State’s office for the November election that would amend the state constitution to recognize marriage as only that between a man and a woman. The measure was submitted with more than 1.1 million signatures, of which 694,354 must be validated for the measure to go before voters.

In 2000, about 60 percent of voters approved Proposition 22, a referendum defining marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman, according to the Family Research Council.

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has twice vetoed state legislation in support of gay marriage, said he respected the court’s decision and would uphold its ruling. He also addedthat he will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling.

Glen Lavey, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative group, said the group would ask the justices for a stay of decision until after the fall election.

“Marriage has always been about a man and woman coming together, having children and raising them,” Lavey said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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