Same-sex marriage is legal in the U. The state first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 16, as a result of the Supreme Court of California finding in In re Marriage Cases that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution. The issuance of such licenses was halted from November 5, through June 27, though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid due to the passage of Proposition 8 —a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Perry , which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Constitution in Perry v. The case, known as Perry v.
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California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in California | Lambda Legal
In a major victory for gay rights activists, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a voter initiative banning same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution's equal protection and due process rights clauses. Schwarzenegger, firmly rejecting Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in November To characterize plaintiffs' objective as "the right to same-sex marriage" would suggest that plaintiffs seek something different from what opposite-sex couples across the state enjoy -- namely, marriage. Rather, plaintiffs ask California to recognize their relationships for what they are: marriages. The judgment was the first offered by a federal court with respect to laws banning gay marriage at the state level and it promises to have massive reverberations across the political and judicial landscape.
Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California
By Dan Levine. The order to allow gay marriage will take effect at 5 p. PDT on Wednesday. Late on Thursday, defenders of Proposition 8 filed papers asking the appellate court to block same-sex marriages for the duration of the broader appeal. Both sides expect the case eventually to be appealed right up to the U.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Supreme Court. In a brief order Tuesday, the 9th U.