“After years of struggle, the
It could be weeks before weddings can resume across California. The Supreme Court's decision will be finalized in 25 days. After that, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would lift its stay on U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker's 2010 ruling finding that
The appellate court placed a stay on Walker's 2010 ruling until the federal court fight over Proposition 8 was complete.
Brown said an earlier opinion by California Atty. Gen.
San Francisco officials said its county clerk's office will offer marriage licenses on the first day the Supreme Court decision is effective.
U.S. Chief Justice
"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to," he said. "We decline to do so for the first time here."
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan joined to form the majority.
The court's action, while not a sweeping ruling, sends the case back to California, where state and federal judges and the state's top officials have said same-sex marriage is a matter of equal rights.