Judge Orders Gay Marriages to Resume Wednesday, Aug. 18th

Judge Vaughn R. Walker

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker followed up his ruling last week that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional with an additional order today declining to continue a stay of his ruling.  Today’s order means same-sex marriages will resume in California a week from yesterday, on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, unless the Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court issues a stay pending appeal.

Today’s order granted a request by the City and County of San Francisco to allow the marriages to continue.  The request by San Francisco was also supported by Governor Schwarzenegger (who has received some criticism for his change in stance on the issue of gay marriages) and Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Proponents of Proposition 8 have already filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Approximately 18,000 same-sex couples were married in California after the California Supreme Court ruled in May 2008 that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

You can find a copy of today’s order here.

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