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Same-Sex Marriage Legal in California

San Francisco City Hall, June 28, 2013. Photo: Davidyuweb / flickr

San Francisco City Hall, June 26, 2013. Photo: Davidyuweb / flickr

By Ben Adler | Capital Public Radio News

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California – effective immediately. The appeals court’s action was expected – but it wasn’t expected this soon, just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively nullified California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The court originally said its stay of a lower court’s ruling overturning Proposition 8 would remain in effect for at least 25 days. But late this (FRIDAY) afternoon, the appeals court issued the briefest of orders: “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately.”

Same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has cleared the way for marriages to begin – effective immediately.

The move means gay and lesbian couples should be able to obtain marriage licenses from California county clerks right away. Just after the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown ordered the clerks to begin issuing the licenses as soon as the stay was lifted.

Same-sex marriages are now legal in California for the first time since 2008 – when they were allowed for a few months before voters approved Prop 8.

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