Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in downtown San Francisco to watch the city’s 43rd annual Pride Parade, and the crowd had even more to celebrate than in previous years
Only days after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a 2010 injunction blocking same-sex marriages, the San Francisco county clerk’s office has issued 563 same-sex marriage licenses and recorded 479 same-sex marriages.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters in California to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state.
Over 100 same-sex couples wed at San Francisco City Hall Saturday as clerks continued issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately lift a 4-year freeze.
Lawyers for the sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court that on Friday freed the state to resume issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Nearly 200 people spent Saturday morning affixing 175 bright pink tarps with 5,000 steel spikes to create a symbolic pink triangle that stretches nearly an acre of Twin Peaks in San Francisco.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, filed an order late Friday afternoon allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California immediately. At San Francisco City Hall, officials quickly conducted California’s first same-sex marriage ceremony.
This weekend’s Pride celebration in San Francisco is expected to be an even bigger party this year, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions on same-sex marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that backers of Proposition 8, California’s ban of same-sex marriage, had no right to appeal a federal court ruling that overturned it. As a result, same-sex marriage can resume in California.
The high court invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.