Same-sex marriage legal again in California after Ninth Circuit lifts stay on Prop. 8

SOURCE: oag.ca.gov

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today lifted its stay on Proposition 8 to immediately allow gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered couples to legally marry in the state of California. 

“The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately,” according to the court’s order in Hollingsworth v. Perry issued two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the proponents of Proposition 8. The order was signed by Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Daly Hawkins, and N. Randy Smith.

The Ninth Circuit’s order ended a four-and-half-year legal battle to overturn the 2008 voter-approved ballot measure that amended the California constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“I am thrilled that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay to allow same-sex couples to legally marry in California,” said California Attorney General Kamala Harris. “Gay and lesbian couples have waited so long for this day and for their fundamental right to marry. Finally, their loving relationships are as legitimate and legal as any other.”

Under the orders of Gov. Jerry Brown, the California Department of Public Health has notified clerks and registrars and recorders in all 58 California counties that “Same-sex marriage is again legal in California.
Effective immediately, county clerks shall issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California.

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