Friday, June 28, 2013

Ninth Circuit Lifts Stay on Homosexual Marriages in California

Just saw this right now on Twitter:

More at KGO-TV San Francisco, "9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifts stay on Proposition 8":
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A federal appeals court says it is lifting its freeze on same-sex marriages in California and the state is required to issue licenses to gay couples starting immediately.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order Friday saying it's lifting the stay it imposed while a lawsuit challenging California's gay marriage ban worked its way through the courts.

That means same-sex marriages can resume in the state for the first time since 2008.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that the sponsors of California's voter-approved gay marriage ban lacked the authority to defend Proposition 8 in court once the governor and state attorney general refused to do so.

The decision lets stand a trial judge's declaration that the ban violates the civil rights of gay Californians and cannot be enforced.

According to Manny Rivera, a spokesman for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the first pair to be married following the action will be one of the two plaintiff couples, Kris Perry and Sandra Stier, of Berkeley.

They will be married at San Francisco City Hall at 4:15 p.m.
Just keep it humble, progs. Keep it humble and keep cool toward people of difference.