Same-sex marriages can resume in California

By Greg Hernandez How can anyone who believes in love be anything but overjoyed by this news: US District Judge Vaughn Walker today lifted the temporary stay in the Prop. 8. case, paving the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying as of August 18.

Couples had already begun lining up at city halls and courthouses across the state to apply for marriage licenses.

Now they can firm up their plans to exchange vows and to celebrate after! Let the champagne (or the Martinellis) flow!

My friend Ted Johnson writes on his Wilshire & Washington blog:

Walker’s order does give supporters of California’s same-sex marriage ban time to appeal his decision, so it is still uncertain whether ceremonies will actually begin on that date. The proponents have vowed to take this aspect of the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

However in his 11-page order, Walker raised doubts that the proponents will even have standing to appeal.

One complicating factor for the proponents, which include those who ran the Yes on 8 campaign, is that they are not actually the defendants in the case. Official defendants Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown said last week that the marriages should resume, meaning that the proponents “will need to show standing” at the Court of Appeals, Walker wrote in his 11-page order.

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