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If Judge Vaughn Walker Declares Prop 8 Unconstitutional, How Long Before Californians Can Get Gay Married Again?

It could be immediately, or it could be never. It’s up to Vaughn!

Today’s closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger bring us one step closer to striking down Prop 8, though you’d be a fool for not expecting the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. While both sides will deliver their final remarks before Judge Vaughn Walker today, there could be an additional delay before he issues his ruling.

But should he side with Olson-Boies, Walker’s ruling could come with the mandate that the state immediately begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses again. Or he could order the state to hold off until Protect Marriage, the proud defenders of discrimination, exhausts all available appeals, including reaching out to the Supreme Court, according to Christopher Stoll, senior staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Then again, Walker’s ruling could go a very different way. If Protect Marriage has its way, Walker won’t just hold up Prop 8 as legal, but will invalidate the 18,000 existing same-sex marriage.

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