California: Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples Now

Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris say same sex marriages must be recognized immediately

Following the Supreme Court's ruling on Prop 8, California governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris ordered that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lift its stay and allow same-sex marriages to resume immediately.

The Supreme Court found that it had no legal jurisdiction to rule on the legality of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages, thus letting the Ninth Circuit Court's 2010 ruling that Propostion 8 was unconstitutional stand.

“It is gratifying to see the highest court in the land deliver an across-the-board victory for equality and justice today," Harris said in a press release, "Edith Windsor deserved to have her marriage recognized by the United States, and today’s decision is a historic step forward in the fight for civil rights for same-sex couples across this country.”

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"I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted," Brown said in a press release.

Same-sex marriages will be allowed to resume as soon as the Ninth Circuit Court lifts the stay.