Calif. gay marriage backers seek fast court action

SAN FRANCISCO - Supporters of same-sex marriage say they are pushing for gay couples in California to be able to obtain marriage licenses within a matter of days, not weeks.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said Wednesday that the only thing standing between gay Californians and marriage is an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Griffin says that it could take about a month for the appeals court to act. But he says gay marriage advocates are working with Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris to see if the process can be sped up.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the return of gay marriages in California by ruling that Proposition 8 sponsors lacked the authority to defend the ban in court once Brown and Harris refused to do so.

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