UPDATE: We now have official documents. The stay is in place until August 18, at which time couples can marry…
Freedom to Marry tweeted earlier that Judge Walker had lifted the stay on his ruling striking down Proposition 8, and couples were free to marry in California, but made no mention of the delay.
The delay may give time for Prop 8 proponents to appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit court of appeals.
Ari Ezra Waldman will be providing us some analysis in just a bit.
Said Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry in a statement (that was, perhaps, a bit hasty):
“California is now the sixth state where same-sex couples share in the freedom to marry. As the Governor, the Attorney General, and Judge Walker have all concluded, there is no good reason to continue excluding same-sex couples from marriage. Same-sex couples across California can once again share in the respect and personal significance of marriage, as well as the critical safety net of protections and responsibilities that marriage will bring to their families.
We are witnessing a growing consensus in America that loving and committed same-sex couples deserve the same respect and the same rights as everyone else. Americans on all sides of the aisle, from Laura Bush to Bill Clinton, have embraced the reality that the freedom to marry helps families, while hurting no one. As same-sex couples in California today celebrate their love, commitment, and equal protection under the law, a majority of Californians and a majority of Americans support their right to marry.”
Here's Walker's official ruling: