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Supreme Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage

prop-8-celebrateThe Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California, turning away an appeal by supporters of Prop 8.

The court also overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to legally-married same-sex couples.

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The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8, said that he had just received word from the court Sunday morning that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, to halt the marriages.

Boutrous said that Kennedy, who handles petitions from the Western states, did not comment on the decision.

Read more at LATimes.com.

SAN FRANCISCO — The restart to gay marriage in California happened very quickly Friday afternoon — coming as a huge surprise to two plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley.

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Sandra Stier, left, and Kris Perry are wed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in San Francisco on June 28.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to greenlight same-sex marriages came abruptly. The couple had gone to work on Friday, and three of their four sons were out of town. The one who did come, Elliot Perry, 18, was the ring bearer.

When Perry first found out that she could marry her longtime partner on Friday, she told herself: “‘Get going, get ready, get dressed.’ That’s what I thought, and that’s what I did.”

Perry and Stier quickly asked California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to officiate the wedding Friday afternoon. The ceremony occurred at San Francisco City Hall just before 5 p.m., less than two hours after the appeals court acted.

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Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were married by outgoing L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at City Hall on June 28.

Harris said she got a call from the couple at 3:30 p.m. asking her to officiate.

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Gay Marriage Supporters Celebrate High Court Ruling

WASHINGTON (KTLA) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California, turning away an appeal by supporters of Proposition 8.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/06/26/high-court-clears-way-for-same-sex-unions-in-ca/#ixzz2XMMMsIWE

WASHINGTON (KTLA) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California, turning away an appeal by supporters of Proposition 8.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/06/26/high-court-clears-way-for-same-sex-unions-in-ca/#ixzz2XLE28uR8

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