Opponents of gay marriage petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to immediately reinstate a 5-year-old ban on same-sex matrimony in California that was lifted a day earlier by a federal appeals court.
Supporters of the gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, which California voters approved in 2008, asked the high court to overrule a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order that lifted an injunction barring same-sex unions.
Friday's surprise removal of the stay launched a resumption of weddings by gay and lesbian couples up and down California in the wake of a Supreme Court decision on Wednesday to let stand a lower-court opinion striking down Prop 8 as unconstitutional. But opponents said the appeals court jumped the gun in removing its injunction before a 25-day "reconsideration" period had elapsed.