Court order clears the way for marriage equality in California
Same sex couples in California can marry again as of Friday afternoon, after a federal appeals court lifted the stay on an injunction declaring the state law banning them unconstitutional.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco cleared the way for county clerks to follow Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) directive to begin issuing marriage licenses to LGBT couples immediately.
Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage, was approved by voters in 2008, but the 9th Circuit ruled it unconstitutional in February 2012, saying it “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” by denying them their right to marry under the 14th Amendment.
The move was originally expected to take 25 days, but Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris urged the court to move quickly after the Supreme Court vacated the 9th Circuit’s ruling on Wednesday.
“On my way to S.F. City Hall,” Harris wrote on Twitter following the appeals court’s decision. “Let the wedding bells ring!”
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