Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

San Francisco justice...

HEADLINE: Punctuation gaffe stalls court bid
SOURCE: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two judges delayed taking any action Tuesday to shut down San Francisco's same-sex wedding spree, rebuffing conservative groups enraged the city's liberal politicians had already married nearly 2,400 gay and lesbian couples.

The reason? A punctuation error -- in this case a semicolon.

"It is a big deal," said San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren.

The Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund had asked for an order commanding the city to "cease and desist issuing marriage licences to and/or solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples; to show cause before this court."

"The way you've written this it has a semicolon where it should have the word 'or,' " the judge told plaintiffs. "I don't have the authority to issue it under these circumstances."

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