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Gov. Brown ordered to respond to latest bid to halt gay weddings

Gov. Brown ordered to respond to latest bid to halt gay weddings
Gov. Jerry Brown, shown Thursday, was ordered by the California Supreme Court to respond to a petition seeking to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage. (Carolyne Corelis / Associated Press)

This post has been corrected. See note below for details.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court on Friday ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to respond by 8 p.m. Friday to a legal bid to halt same-sex marriages.

In an order signed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the court said Brown must respond  to a request from the backers of Proposition 8 for a temporary hold on same-sex marriages while the court considers a new legal bid to enforce the marriage ban.

ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, have until 9 a.m. Monday to respond.

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[For the record, 4:05 p.m. Friday, July 12: This post has been corrected to reflect a Friday night deadline for Brown to respond to the court, and clarifies that ProtectMarriage has until Monday to respond.]

The order also asked for additional written arguments by Aug. 1.

Cantil-Sakauye's order suggests the court will rule quickly on whether to stop marriages immediately but may take at least a month to decide whether ProtectMarriage's new challenge should prevail.

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