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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Andy Pugno
The Obama administration entered the legal battle over a state gay-marriage law late Thursday, prompting broad praise from gay-rights groups and dismay from supporters of traditional marriage.
Marriage advocates are anxiously watching the Supreme Court to see which cases it will take up — or turn down — regarding the constitutional status of gay marriage.
Backers of California's same-sex-marriage ban said Tuesday they will ask a federal appeals court in San Francisco to review the split decision by three of its judges that struck down the voter-approved law.
Conservative critics like to point out that the federal appeals court that just declared California's same-sex-marriage ban to be unconstitutional has its decisions overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court more often than other judicial circuits, a record that could prove predictive if the high court agrees to review the gay-marriage case on appeal.
California's top attorney has dealt another setback for those seeking to ban gay marriage with her request to allow the unions to resume immediately in the state, the latest in a string of about-faces siding with same-sex couples.
Andy Pugno, general counsel for Protectmarriage.com, which promoted Proposition 8, said Saturday that the public's confidence in the legitimacy of the U.S. legal system is undermined by "lawlessness" in courts.
"We hope the Supreme Court will step in and restore some order here," Mr. Pugno said.