Rule of law prevails in Prop. 8 case
Attorney sound bite: Austin R. Nimocks
Kennedy, the associate justice who decides such motions pertaining to the 9th Circuit, agreed that court rules require the 9th Circuit to wait for a certified copy of the judgment from the Supreme Court before taking action. The high court has not yet issued its certified judgment.
“Everyone on all sides of the marriage debate should agree that the legal process must be followed,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. “Justice Kennedy made sure the 9th Circuit abided by its prior order establishing that the stay would remain in place until final disposition by the Supreme Court.”
When the 9th Circuit issued the stay, it stated that “the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court.” The 9th Circuit acknowledged Wednesday that disposition would not occur until at least 25 days from June 26, but it nonetheless lifted the stay on Friday without explanation. Kennedy’s order has the effect of reinstating the stay.
“The more than 7 million Californians that voted to enact Proposition 8 deserve nothing short of the full respect and due process our judicial system provides,” Nimocks said.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the emergency application together with Andrew P. Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, the banner organization for the official proponents and campaign committee of Proposition 8. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case concerning Proposition 8, on Wednesday.
- Pronunciation guide: Nimocks (NIM’-ucks)