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RA_AD5_ANDY_ANDREW_PUGNO.JPGA federal appeals court continued a "chronic pattern of lawlessness" by lifting a stay on a lower court decision striking down a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage, supporters of the ban said Friday.

Same-sex marriage proponents celebrated on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a challenge to U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 ruling invalidating Proposition 8, a ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage in California. Proposition 8 proponents reacted to the ruling differently -- in a statement, ProtectMarriage.com's general counsel Andy Pugno vowed to continue seeking enforcement of the law.

That's less of an option now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has lifted its stay.

"This outrageous act tops off a chronic pattern of lawlessness, throughout this case, by judges and politicians hell-bent on thwarting the vote of the people to redefine marriage by any means, even outright corruption," Pugno said in a statement.

"Homosexual marriage is not happening because the people changed their mind. It isn't happening because the appellate courts declared a new constitutional right. It's happening because enemies of the people have abused their power to manipulate the system and render the people voiceless."

"The resumption of same-sex marriage this day has been obtained by illegitimate means. If our opponents rejoice in achieving their goal in a dishonorable fashion, they should be ashamed."

PHOTO: Andy Pugno, in 2012. Photo by Randy Allen



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