Court of Appeals Declines To Issue Emergency Order Stopping Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

May 14, 2004

BOSTON, MA - Today, the First Circuit Court of Appeals declined to issue an emergency stay of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision to allow same-sex marriages. The Court did set the case for an expedited briefing schedule, with Liberty Counsel's Brief due May 21 and the State's Brief due May 28. Oral argument will be set for the week of June 7.

Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel for Liberty Counsel, who argued the case this week on behalf of 11 legislators and a Boston resident, has already asked the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.

In response to the ruling Staver said, "We will appeal this case as far as necessary to ensure that the separation of powers principle is upheld in Massachusetts. We have filed an emergency motion with the United States Supreme Court today requesting a stay of the Supreme Judicial Court's Order establishing same-sex marriage. The republican representative form of government must be restored so the people can have a chance to define marriage."

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