August 12th, 2010
03:48 PM ET

Judge: Same-sex couples in Calif. can marry Wednesday

A federal judge has made it possible for same-sex couples to legally marry in the state of California starting Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT, unless a higher court intervenes.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco on Thursday lifted a temporary stay that had been placed last week in the case that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Last week, Walker struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that California's voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. A temporary stay on that ruling was put in place immediately afterward.

Thursday's decision will allow same-sex marriages to legally take place starting Wednesday "unless the supporters of Proposition 8 can get a higher court to overturn the ruling," CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.


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  1. HernandezUSA

    Oh , Shock.......Openly Gay activist judge votes in favor of Gay marriage........and 7 million LEGAL voters are ignored, again!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Why can’t the Tea Party-Republican-Rightists and gays get along? Based on the news over the years, there is plenty of overlap between the groups’ membership.

      Here is an article about a gay man coming out as a Tea Partier. That is an even harder thing to do than getting gay marriage rights in California.


      August 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cat

    This is the best news ever 🙂 about time!

    August 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JD

    Because 7 million peopled voted against a group of peoples rights. The const it ution protects against that.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hothead007

    Does Bible or Torad allow such unhuman activities, shame on you christians & jews who approve of this you are doomed to hell n thisworld

    August 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Viper1j

    Giving this case to a gay judge, was no different to giving the matches to a
    pyromaniac, and wondering who started the fire.

    August 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bes

    Great news, I'm a straight woman, and love is love. Their getting married dows not in any way infringe on the rights of either my husbands bond with me or vice versa. We are happy, why can't they be happy. Fair is fair. Congrats!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |