(San Francisco, CA, May 23, 2008)—On May 22, anti-gay groups filed a Petition for Rehearing in the California Supreme Court asking the Court to stay its historic ruling on May 15 striking down laws that had prohibited lesbian and gay couples from marrying based on the possibility that voters may enact an anti- marriage amendment to the California Constitution in November. We believe this Petition will be denied and there will be no stay ordered by the Court. However, simply as a matter of routine process, it is possible the court may grant a 30 day extension to consider the petition, which possibly may temporarily delay the date on which couples can begin marrying. We will keep you advised.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.