06/12/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

California Court Refuses To Delay Same-Sex Marriage

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay its landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage, clearing the way for gay weddings to begin statewide later this month.

Two conservative legal groups and attorneys general from 10 states had asked the court to stop the same-sex ceremonies until a ballot measure intended to ban such unions was taken up by California voters in November.

The court denied the requests without comment, removing the final legal barrier to what is expected to be a stream of same-sex weddings. As was the case with the decision on May 15 legalizing same-sex marriages, three of seven justices dissented.

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