Prop 8 Ruling Stay Lifts Aug 18: Gay Couples Can Wed on Aug 19
Judge Vaughn Walker: Prop 8 Ruling Comes into Effect on August 18
US district judge Vaughn Walker has denied a request for a permanent injunction on his decision rendering Prop 8 unconstitutional. The temporary ban on the ruling lifts at 5pm PDT on August 18. This means that gay couples can marry as of 9am on August 19.
As opponents seek another injunction, those seeking to marry will be applying for licenses as quickly as possible, even as Prop 8 supporters pursue an appeal.
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In his decision, Judge Vaughn Walker wrote, "Proponents replied that they have an interest in defending Proposition 8 but failed to articulate even one specific harm they may suffer as a consequence of the injunction."
A federal judge ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in California, starting on August 18, handing another big victory to supporters of gay rights in a case that both sides say will likely end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The White House has been deafeningly silent on the issue:
Advocates on both sides of the issue have urged Obama to take a clearer stance on the legal issues surrounding gay marriage, but so far the White House has not budged.
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