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An appeals court has rejected a conservative group's latest effort to stop gay marriages in California before the November election.
Florida-based "traditional values" group Liberty Counsel had asked a state appeals court to block same-sex weddings until voters could decide the issue on the November ballot.
The three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco refused the request in a brief ruling issued Tuesday as gay marriages began in full swing around the state.
Earlier the appeals court had ruled against allowing gay marriages, but the state supreme court overturned that decision last month. In its latest ruling the appeals court says the high court has made it clear that same-sex marriage should be allowed.
Gay marriage became legal in California on Monday afternoon. (AP)