Prop. 8's Stay Has Been Lifted!
Updated Friday at 3:45 p.m. (PST):
We just received word that the Prop. 8 plaintiffs, Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami, will marry tonight in L.A., while Kris Perry & Sandy Stier are already in line at S.F City Hall. California Attorney General Kamala Harris will marry the ladies, while L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will reportedly marry the guys later today. Below are photos of both couples obtaining their certificates:
Congrats to both couples!!
Despite initial reports that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would wait 25 days to lift the stay on Prop. 8, the discriminatory rule was officially killed this afternoon! The court has now cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.
All it took was one sentence—“The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately—by the appeals court judge to put the original trial court ruling (which struck down Prop. 8) back into place.
HRC president Chad Griffin said of today's news, “After four and a half long and painful years, justice for committed gay and lesbian couples has finally been delivered. In California, a time of struggle and indignity are over, and love, justice and freedom begin anew. And now, no election, no judge—no one—can take this basic right away. At long last, marriage has finally returned to the most populous state in the nation."
The court lifted its stay based on an injunction which orders state officials to stop enforcing Prop. 8. Governor Jerry Brown had initially ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses as soon as the stay was lifted. Reports indicate that same-sex couples are welcome to obtain marriage certificates effective immediately.