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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!!

 

Original Post:

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. 

 

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White House Reaction To SCOTUS Rulings

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  This was discrimination enshrined in law.  It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. 

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better. 

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital.  How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions.  Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.  

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts:  when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.