Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Begin Marrying in California Immediately

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dissolved a stay on Judge Walker's injunction in California and gay and lesbian couples can begin marrying immediately.

CaliforniaThe AP reports:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order Friday saying it's lifting the stay it imposed while a lawsuit challenging California's gay marriage ban worked its way through the courts.

That means same-sex marriages can resume in the state for the first time since 2008.

Via the Human Rights Campaign:

"After four and a half long and painful years, justice for committed gay and lesbian couples has finally been delivered. In California, a time of struggle and indignity are over, and love, justice and freedom begin anew. And now, no election, no judge – no one – can take this basic right away. At long last, marriage has finally returned to the most populous state in the nation.

"Kris Perry and Sandy Stier's twin sons were just starting high school when their moms' right to marry was taken away, now, as they prepare to start college, they will finally see their family recognized in the eyes of their state and their country. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, now free to marry, can finally plan the family they've always wanted. Thousands upon thousands of lives are about to change for the better, for good. And young LGBT people across the Golden State will can today look forward to a future where they are truly and fully equal.

"Today is a day of profound celebration, but tomorrow - and every day from here on out – we will fight until joy, dignity, and full equality in all its forms reach each and every corner of this vast country."


  1. Keith says

    Congratulations to all the happy couples in California who are now able to solemnize their relationships in front of their loving families, friends and communities. We were married in California when it was originally legal 5 years ago, and have been very happily married ever since. Enjoy the planning of your nuptials, the special words that during the ceremony will touch your soul, and remind yourself to say “I Love You” to your spouse every chance you get.

    The only downside is I’m going to have to save a lot in order to afford all the wedding gifts, as it’s going to be a busy year or two for many of us.

  2. shadowsblueandred says

    I’m so used to hearing bad news I almost don’t remember how to respond to GREAT news.. Oh yes, EXCITEMENT AND JOY.

    Forgot about those :)

  3. JONES says

    Congratulations California.

    Please remember all your Family in the other 30 states whose rights are still compromised and help in any way you can. We all have to continue to work for each other. No one is equal until we are all equal.

  4. bernard says

    Well there go my chances with my ex. He’ll now make the biggest mistake of his life and marry the wrong guy :-(

    Congrats to everyone else though.

  5. Zlick says

    This week just keeps getting better. I don’t know if it’s because I (barely) know Jeff and Paul, but I’m crying way more about this than I did about the ruling. Happy, Happy, Happy, hot mess of tears.

  6. says

    Fantastic. Congratulations, CA! The heads of the bigots who thought they’d be able to hold this up must be exploding all over the state. Amazing how fast things can move when you have positive SCOTUS decisions and when the right people are in government (i.e. those who believe in civil rights) to see them through. Keep this going.

  7. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    Very smart move by the AG. With the wingnuts plotting ways the “undo” the decision, the old saying that “possession is 9/10ths of the law” is especially true today. Once society is flooded with same-sex marriages, there’s no going back.

  8. Jesse says

    When we were married at SF City hall 5 years ago, a straight latina (evidently the witness for her pregnant friend getting married to a gang member) giggled and walked right between the official and us as we got married. She thought it was funny and her way of :getting the gays.” I suspect had we gotten married now she would not be so bold. Or I’d be more aware and likely punched her.

  9. Jeff says

    Well, the prop 8 side got their stay during the appeals process, and damn they don’t like it when that stay gets lifted do they!

    I am so proud that California did not want to wait even until after the weekend, but opened up same sex marriage right here and right now!!!!

    It does get better, and it is getting better right now, not just tomorrow or next week. Even our hard economy is going to feel better right away.

  10. nick says

    Kudos to the 9th Circuit for doing the right thing so quickly! Now, onto the 38 states that MUST become FREE states too! Those states have now had 237 years of oppression — it must end NOW.

  11. Gestly says

    The 9th Circuit court is giving a big middle finger to Andy Pugno, the Mormon Church, the Catholic Church and all the other assorted trash bigots who tried to keep Prop8 alive …

  12. Michael says

    Great news! What happens to everyone that is in a domestic partnership in California? Are they automatically now married? Do domestic partnerships continue to be valid and available as an alternative to marriage?

  13. says

    Michael most likely they will create a time frame in which to vase out Domestic partnerships (like a year or so) most people will do so themselves those who don’t will have it don’t automatically. This is how every state whic had such unions before legalizing full marriage did things(the sole exception is WA which still has civil partnerships but only for those same/opposite couples where 1 person is over 65 years of age, helps with pension benifits).

  14. Bill says

    Meanwhile, a news article just appeared on about how Pugno’s organization is demanding that marriages be stopped until the 25 days the Supreme Court gave for a request to ahve the ruling reviewed has past. It’s being claimed that the 9th Circuit Court exceeded its authority by not waiting, but legal experts claim that, while courts often wait, the 9th Circuit Court in fact has the authority to respond earlier if it chooses too.

    Meanwhile, some on the city staff in San Francisco volunteered to work over the weekend to allow couples showing up for the Pride celebrations to get married that weekend. They weren’t asked to volunteer either – it was a spontaneous reaction on the part of the people who work there, so if anyone reading this does get married over the weekend, be sure to thank city staff for their support.

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