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Same-sex marriage in California -- still legal ... for now

June 4, 2008 | 11:33 am

Opponents of the historic decision to make same-sex marriage legal in California failed to derail the June 17 start date when their petition to delay was rejected, Maura Dolan reports.

The court reached its decision in a closed session. Voting against delaying the effective date of the May 15 ruling were Chief Justice Ronald M. George and Justices Joyce L. Kennard, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar and Carlos R. Moreno, the same four who joined the ruling to expand constitutional protections for gays and permit them to wed.

Voting to reconsider the decision were Justices Marvin R. Baxter, Ming W. Chin and Carol A. Corrigan, who dissented in the marriage ruling.

Next hurdle for opponents and supporters: a measure to reinstate the ban, which will appear on the November ballot.

-- Veronique de Turenne