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Monday was the first chance for all but a handful of the state’s same-sex couples to wed since 2008, when about 18,000 marriages went forward during a brief legal window before a voter-approved ban.
The Santa Clara County Clerk’s office issued more than twice as many marriage licenses as usual in its first day since a federal court lifted a stay on same-sex marriages late last week.
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.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Friday asked a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by year’s end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation’s high court.
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.
Most legal analysts think Proposition 8 supporters have slim-to-zero chance of preventing same-sex marriages from resuming once the Supreme Court’s ruling becomes official in 24 days. On Thursday, county clerks offices were getting ready for the anticipated flurry of same-sex marriage license applications.
The narrow ruling said private citizens couldn’t defend the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage known as Proposition 8, even after government officials refused to do so. That legal technicality has left many wondering about future hot-button ballot measures passed by voters but undone in court when politicians refuse to fight for them.