Prop 8: Gay marriages can resume in California, court rules

Brandon Brown, 28, left, gets a piece of cake from Colby Melvin, 25, as they celebrate Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act overturning of California's Proposition 8 goes on at The Abby Food and Bar in West Hollywood.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court’s action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state’s counties to “begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted.”

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-- Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times


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