The Supreme Court on Sunday rejected an emergency petition from a group asking to stop same-sex weddings in California.
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged that state’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, said that Justice Anthony Kennedy had denied a request from the group ProtectMarriage to put a hold on all same-sex marriages.
The petition from the group came after the high court on Wednesday declined to rule on Proposition 8 on procedural grounds, leaving in place a district court ruling holding the law unconstitutional.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on a 2010 court order invalidating Prop. 8 on Friday, allowing officials to begin presiding over same-sex marriages.
ProtectMarriage which backed Prop. 8 backers challenged that decision, arguing that circuit courts must wait 25 days before acting on a case decided by the Supreme Court and that the order violated rules.
According to reports, Prop. 8 backers may ask another justice to reinstate the hold on same-sex marriages.