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Same-Sex Marriage License

On June 26, 2013, the Vital Records Division of the California Department of Public Health notified us that as soon as the stay of injunction against Proposition 8 is lifted by the 9th Federal Circuit Court, same-sex marriage licenses will be issued. This will take about a month or more. As soon as we are notified that the stay is lifted, we will post that information.

 


Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 8 Stands; No Same-Sex Marriage in California - For Now.

May 29, 2009

 

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 ruling upheld the November initiative, Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

 

Last year, the courts, in an unprecedented ruling, allowed same-sex couples the right to marry. Once the ruling was handed down, the administrative bodies responded and on June 17, 2008, same-sex couples began to legally marry for the first time in California. Approximately 18,000 marriages were performed in the state between the end of June and the November 8, 2008 Election Day when Proposition 8 was narrowly passed the voters. In this most recent decision, the courts, in their wisdom, did not strike down the validity of the marriages that were performed in San Mateo County or any other county in the state.

 

Protests were held throughout the state, especially in urban areas like San Francisco. A special event entitled, “Meet in the Middle,” was held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 in Fresno as Equal Marriage advocates and opponents gathered to protest and support the court’s ruling.

 

Social change and civil rights are issues in our American history. We are witnesses and participants in this history that is unfolding in California, in the United States and throughout the world.