On Wednesday the US Supreme Court invalidated California’s Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state and shortly after that decision was announced, Governor Jerry Brown issued an order that all state clerks were to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on Prop 8. It was believed that the stay would be lifted in about 30 days time. Just moments ago, the Court lifted its stay and ordered that same-sex marriages resume in the state of California. Right now, couples are getting married again here in California … what an amazing, amazing day!!!
A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order saying it has dissolved a stay it imposed on gay marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state’s voter-approved ban on such unions worked its way through the courts. Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said city officials were preparing to let couples marry right away. Just minutes after the appeals court issued its order, the two lead plaintiffs in the case were standing in line at San Francisco City Hall to get a marriage license. They planned to wed at 4:15 p.m., with state Attorney General Kamala Harris officiating, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the lawsuit. “On my way to SF City Hall. Let the wedding bells ring,” Harris tweeted after the 9th Circuit issued its order.
Click HERE to read the order issued by the Ninth Circuit Court this afternoon. The photo above is of Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, two of the plaintiffs that successfully challenged Proposition 8 all the way to the Supreme Court. It’s only right that they are among the first couples in California to receive their wedding license now that same-sex marriage is legal again here in California. We know that same-sex marriage would return to CA but it’s just such a nice, amazing surprise to have it happen so quickly. I bet a whole lotta gays are going to get married this weekend … a right that they have been denied for far too long. Congratulations to all the happy couples who choose to get married this weekend … or whenever they decide to marry :)
UPDATE: Co-plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo have also just gotten married today. Kristin and Sandy got married in San Francisco while Paul and Jeff got married in Los Angeles:
Love has won today in California. I cannot wait for the rest of the country to catch up :)