Judge Lifts Calif. Marriage Decision Stay on Aug. 18

Posted on 12 Aug 2010 at 6:44pm

Today Judge Vaughn Walker announced he will lift the stay on his decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger on August 18, allowing California to once again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples barring an appeal. With today’s decision, there remain many steps – and unanswered questions – in this case.  Prop 8 supporters are likely to appeal the stay decision to the Ninth Circuit, which could issue its own stay and stop marriage licenses from being issued.  Additionally, supporters of Prop 8 have already filed their appeal of the entire case with the Ninth Circuit.

HRC President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

“Lifting the stay will put Judge Walker’s basic premise that the state can’t discriminate against same-sex couples into action.  Californians deserve equality and they deserve it now.

“Ending the enforcement of this discriminatory and unconstitutional law will once again treat same-sex couples as full citizens of California. We look forward to the day when this becomes the permanent and unassailable reality for every family.”


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