Statement of Charles Cooper on Judge Walker’s denial of stay


Charles Cooper, lead counsel for the Prop 8 defense team, released the following statement on Thursday in response to Judge Walker’s order refusing to stay his Prop 8 ruling during appeal:

“We are gratified that Judge Walker has continued until August 18th the temporary stay of his decision.  We will promptly seek from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a stay pending the final resolution of the case. On appeal, we look forward with confidence to a decision vindicating the democratic process and the basic constitutional authority of the 7 million Californians who voted to retain the traditional definition of marriage.  The decision whether to redefine the institution of marriage is for the people themselves to make, not a single district court judge, especially without appellate scrutiny.”

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