U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker denied Proposition 8 attempts to stop same-sex marriage.
Walker is the same U.S. District Judge who ruled Prop 8 violated both equal protection and due process of clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Walker went on to write, “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”
Marriages in California are on hold until August 18, 2010. They remain on hold to allow opponents of the decision to file an appeal. If an appeal is not filed, same-sex marriages will be able to continue.
The West Hollywood City Clerk office offered information to all those waiting for marriage, in accordance to the ruling. For more details click here.
A federal judge ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in California, starting on August 18, handing another big victory to supporters of gay rights in a case that both sides say will likely end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Walker had issued a temporary stay on his decision, which on Thursday he said he would lift.
The high-profile case is being watched closely by supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, as many say it will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If it does, the case could result in a landmark decision on whether people in the United States are allowed to marry people of the same sex.
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