Gay marriages can resume in CaliforniaAugust 13th, 2010 - 6:17 am ICT by IANS
San Francisco, Aug 13 (DPA) Same-sex marriages can resume in California after a federal judge Thursday lifted a temporary stay he put in place after overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage last week.
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that same-sex marriages will be legal in California from Aug 18.
Walker Aug 4 overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the voter-approved restriction violated the highest law of the land, the US Constitution.
That ruling by Walker overturned a 2009 ruling by the California Supreme Court, which had upheld a statewide ballot proposition in 2008 that reserved marriage for two people of the opposite sex.
In his decision last week, the judge had ordered an injunction against enforcement of the Proposition 8 ballot item, but issued a temporary stay until he could decide whether to suspend his ruling while it was being appealed.
The ruling makes California only the sixth state in the US to permit gay marriage. The others are Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Maine and Vermont. It will have an even bigger effect on the approximately 30 of the 50 US states that have clauses in their constitutions that define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
In a 136-page ruling last week, Walker said that the ballot measure “prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis.”
The constitutional right to marry, Walker said, “protects an individual’s choice of marital partner regardless of gender.” He added that domestic partnerships in California, available to same-sex couples, are a “substitute and inferior institution” that lack the social meaning and cultural status of marriage.
He also observed that children who grow up in same-sex marriages are as well adjusted as those from heterosexual relationships.
The gay marriage issue has been unsettled for years in California, where the top state court had given the green light to same sex marriage in May 2008, only to have 52 percent of the voters in November 2008 ban the practice following a massive campaign by church organisations and conservative groups.
The ban was then upheld in May 2009 by the California Supreme Court, which however did recognise the 18,000 gay marriages that were licensed by the state between May and November 2008 before the ballot measure was approved.
- Federal judge overturns California gay marriage ban (Lead, changing dateline) - Aug 05, 2010
- Schwarzenegger backs gay marriage - Aug 07, 2010
- Gay judge overturns California's same-sex marriage ban - Aug 05, 2010
- California Federal Judge Vaughn Walker Overturns Proposition 8 - Aug 05, 2010
- US court puts debate on same-sex marriage on hold again - Aug 17, 2010
- California allows same sex marriage - Aug 05, 2010
- Federal district court rules California gay marriage ban unconstitutional - Aug 05, 2010
- The Pronouncement Of The Judge In California On The Legalization Of Sex-Same Unions Is Ready For Release - Aug 04, 2010
- Gay Marriage Law Verdict Makes Queer Couples In California Elated - Aug 05, 2010
- George Takei celebrates new ruling over gay marriage - Aug 06, 2010
- California Governor Schwarzenegger applauds lifting of ban against same-sex marriage - Aug 13, 2010
- California Supreme Court decision on Prop 8 rejects gay marriage - May 27, 2009
- Prop 8 Stay Ending, So Gay Couples Can Marry In California! - Aug 13, 2010
- California governor quietly signs same-sex marriage bill - Oct 13, 2009
- Animator Seth MacFarlane Voices His Thoughts On Proposition 8 - Aug 05, 2010
Tags: 50 us states, ballot measure, ballot proposition, california san francisco, california supreme court, connecticut massachusetts, constitutional obligation, constitutional right, constitutions, domestic partnerships, gay marriage, gay marriages, heterosexual relationships, marital partner, marriage issue, same sex couples, same sex marriage, same sex marriages, statewide ballot, us constitution