Same-Sex Weddings Can Resume Immediately In California; Prop. 8 Plaintiffs Getting Married Today

1043877_10151512287403660_1420747420_nThe wait is officially over — expect invitations to same-sex weddings any minute. The L.A. Times reports the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California immediately by lifting its stay  of the decision by Judge Walker on the injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. This means counties in the state can begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses today.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo (pictured), two of the plaintiffs in the landmark case, are wasting no time in making it legal. The couple will be the first to marry today.

“Got the license!! On our way to LA City Hall to get married! Come down!” Katami wrote on his Facebook page.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will officiate the wedding, while the couple’s best friends, Scott Jones and Devin Swanson, will serve as witnesses.

The Times adds that “county clerks who preside over marriages said they were ready for same-sex weddings. Marriage licenses already are gender-neutral, and clerks began receiving calls Wednesday from gay couples wanting to schedule appointments.”

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  • hyhybt

    Hallelujah! But what happened with the 25 day wait for the court to be officially notified, or whatever it was?

  • iMort

    Me and my partner of 24 years live in a red state so forgive me if I am not ready to pop the cork on that killer bottle of California wine that we have been saving for our silver anniversary next July 2014. We are too poor to have a proper gay wedding anyway.

  • MisterMan


  • Rock Star

    You’re never too poor if you have love, being alone with nobody to love is being too poor. I am sorry I cannot whisk you away to Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Hawaii for a fab wedding with Lady Gaga officiating and Adam lambert playing your wedding march. If I win the lottery tonight I’ll let you know. Blessings.

  • jeff4justice

    @iMort: I empathize. LGBTs in poverty seem to be ignored by LGBT mega groups.

    I lived in a red area of CA most of my life. I always thought the grass was greener in places like SF and LA but it turns out those places suck in their own way.

    I always wondered when the LGBT elite would care about my region. They didn’t so I stated the first visible LGBT group there. No LGBT mega group or celeb has ever been there but at least I got the ball in motion to equip LGBT people to connect with one another. 10 years later it’s still a horrible area in many ways but at least there’s some visibility and some supportive elected officials now.

    The ideas outline at have areas like yours in mind.

  • hudson

    @iMort: my friend- whats a proper gay wedding? it doesn’t need to be big and splashy. just the folks important to you. crack open the wine next year and share it with 4 of your closest- thats 6 decent size glasses worth.

    two of our closest friends, who have lots of money, had only my husband and i at their wedding, and the officiator of course. it was a lovely, very low key event with a home cooked meal. send queerty pix of your wonderful day- hopefully they’ll post them.

    good luck, daryl

  • jwrappaport

    “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately.”

    It’s not often I praise the parsimony of the law, but I definitely smiled when I read the order.

  • Xanderer

    Maybe we should start an organization that goes around and raises money to make every gay wedding fabulous, or maybe just keep fighting for every state to recognize same sex marriage on a state level. One of those.

  • hyhybt

    @Xanderer: Money for the second; the first mostly will take care of itself.

  • hyhybt

    @jwrappaport: Parsimony?

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