SAN FRANCISCO – Let the gay weddings begin!
Moments ago in San Francisco, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted his stay of his historical decision last week striking down California’s Proposition 8 law, allowing same-sex marriages to resume throughout the state.
How long marriage equality will be permitted is anybody’s guess, because the Prop. 8 case has been appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court could possibly decide to intervene in the matter.
In San Diego County, the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's Office says it would begin accepting marriage-ceremony appointments immediately.
Forms are available HERE.
Counties throughout California are also prepared to move forward.
Palm Springs and other Riverside County residents can obtain marriage license information HERE.
All other California same-sex couples can find information HERE.
It is important to remember that appointments, fees, and hours vary from county to county, and it will be in the best interest of couples to call their closest office first. Couples should also print and fill out forms ahead of time, to expedite the process.
Meanwhile, Marriage Equality USA officials say they are being flooded with stories of people who want to marry.
"We are overwhelmed by the number of stories we have received from same-sex couples all over California who want to marry if Judge Vaughn Walker lifts the stay of his historic ruling finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional," said Pamela Brown, Marriage Equality USA policy director.
One such story comes from a San Diego County couple.
"Nicole and I have been together for four years and we missed the window of opportunity to marry in 2008 because I was deployed in the military. Now Nicole is pregnant with twin babies and this decision means the world to us and our family," said Cheryl, who is still serving in the military and whose last name will not be used because of the threat of discharge that still exists due to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."