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Supreme Court Denies Emergency Stoppage of Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court denied an emergency motion filed by  sponsors of California's Proposition 8 to stop the same sex weddings that resumed in California shortly after last Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings.

Typically when the high court issues a decision the losing party has 25 days to file a petition for reconsideration before the ruling takes effect. Supporters of Proposition 8 claim the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made a premature move by allowing same sex marriages to go forward on Friday night.

Hundreds of gay couples have been married in California since Friday.

Austin Nimocks, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the Supreme Court to overrule the Appeals Court decision allowing same-sex weddings to begin. He says they still had 22 of 25 days left.

“There's a reason that there's a 25 day window when the Supreme Court rules to allow parties to digest the Supreme Court's opinion and file subsequent applications if necessary. But the 9th Circuit jump started that process, not abiding by the Supreme Court rule or its own representation,” Nimocks said.

Midday Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy rejected the request, meaning gay marriage in the state can continue unimpeded. He made no further comment.

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