The only legal hurdle to same-sex marriages in California was knocked down Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court lifted the stay imposed to block the marriages while the case was pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.
With the Supreme Court’s decision this week finding the backers of Proposition 8, which banned the unions, did not have standing to defend the initiation, the appeals court lifted the stay.
In an order issued on the eve of Gay Pride Parade weekend, the appeals court ordered the stay dissolved immediately.
In response, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said, “I am thrilled that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay to allow same-sex couples to legally marry in California.” Gay and lesbian couples have waited so long for this day and for their fundamental right to marry. Finally, their loving relationships are as legitimate and legal as any other.”
Case: Perry v. Brown, No. 10-16696