… but never
jam gay marriage today? Well, we can all hope that’s changing:
Same sex marriage is legal again in California. Sort of.
Just a week after ruling that Proposition 8 – a 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage – was unconstitutional, a federal judge lifted his stay of his decision on Thursday, opening the door for untold numbers of gay couples to marry in the nation’s most populous state. But he delayed implementation of the order to lift the stay until Aug. 18.
Vaughn R. Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, who invalidated Proposition 8 in last week’s decision, had issued a temporary stay to allow for arguments for and against resumption of same-sex ceremoniesas supporters of the ban pursued an appeal of his decision.
On Thursday, however, Judge Walker declined to extend that stay, ruling, “The evidence presented at trial and the position of the representatives of the State of California show that an injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8 is in the public’s interest. Accordingly, the court concludes that the public interest counsels against entry of the stay proponents seek.”
Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown had asked the court to lift the stay. “Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect,” Mr. Schwarzenegger’s lawyers wrote in a brief filed Friday.