GAY MARRIAGES RESUME IN CA; OPPONENTS FILE LAST-DITCH APPEAL

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By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Following in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision dismissing the Proposition 8 case, the Ninth District Court of Appeal yesterday lifted its stay on same-sex marriages.  For the first time in five years, gay couples can now legally wed once again in California.

Attorney General Kamala Harris performed the first such marriage after the ban was lifted, uniting the two plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought against Prop 8, Kristin Perry and her fiancée, Sandy Stier.  The wedding took place at San Francisco’s City Hall.

In response, opponents of same-sex marriage filed a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court, though legal experts have said that the appeal is considered a long-shot with little chance of success.

San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. has stated that his office “is ready to respond immediately as rulings become effective” after last week’s Supreme Court decision came down.  Dronenburg had indicated his office would begin accepting appointments for marriage licenses and ceremonies for same-sex couples as soon as direction is received from the State Office of Vital Records after the 9th Circuit Court dismissed the appeal, as occurred yesterday.