Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants same-sex marriages to resume immediately in California.
Schwarzenegger filed a brief Friday requesting that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lift a stay of his decision this week declaring the state’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.
California Attorney Jerry Brown filed a brief similar to Schwarzenegger’s on Friday, before the deadline to submit arguments on whether Walker should continue the stay. Although he is named as a defendant in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the governor actually opposes the lawsuit, and he was against Prop 8 when it was on the ballot.
From the Sacramento Bee:
“The Adminstration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the Court’s judgment to go into effect, thereby restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California,” wrote Kenneth C. Mennemeier, an attorney representing Schwarzenegger, in the brief. “Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect.”
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