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Same-Sex Marriage Resumes In California

Syuzanna Petrosyan |
June 29, 2013 | 7:13 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

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California counties can now issue same-sex marriage licenses as the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. On Friday, the court lifted an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. 

DOCUMENT: Court order dissolving stay

Immediately after the ruling, Gov. Jerry Brown advised 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." County clerks responsible for marriages said they were ready for same-sex weddings. 

From the Los Angeles Times:

"Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010  decision overturning  Proposition 8 applied only to the two same-sex couples who challenged the ballot  measure. But the opponents' enthusiasm for going to court to try to narrow the effect of the decision appeared to wane in the hours after the decision.

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With Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris pledging to block Proposition 8 across California, the momentum for gay marriage was likely to hinder any further challenges.
California voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008, six months after the California Supreme Court ruled that gays had the right to wed. The state high court later ruled that the initiative was a valid state constitutional amendment but upheld the validity of an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages that occurred before the election."

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