August 6th, 2010
10:34 PM ET

Top officials urge judge to allow same-sex marriage

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages while an appeal over an overturned law that banned them makes its way through the courts.

Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed briefs two days after Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

In his Wednesday ruling, Walker also issued a temporary stay, which stopped his decision from taking effect.

If he lifts his stay, officials in California could immediately be allowed to perform same-sex marriages again. They were able to do so, briefly, before the Proposition 8 ban passed in 2008.

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  1. Katie

    Good for them, it is absolutly a violation or rights to deny two people in love the right to be married. If all people have equal rights then ALL people deserve that. Most people are making immature and ridiculous comments about how we will be allowed to marry children or animals next, grow up. If anyone honestly believes that anyone chooses to love that way so they can experience a lifetime of humiliation, discrimination, and everything else that comes with being gay in this world you are all idiots. Ask yourself if you would choose to be beaten and made fun of?? im thinking that answer is no. Its good to know that people are coming around and this is a huge landmark for the gay community! congrats to them, hopefully we can continue to make improvments and live up to what this country claims to be founded on–freedom.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. henry

    Fine, go ahead and let them marry. It's not like they become straight just because we ban gay marriages. I still believe marriage should be between a man and a woman though

    August 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike in San Salvador

    Good post Katie.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |