California gay couples revel in marriage rights

Opposition dealt another Supreme Court setback

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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, said supporters of Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal the federal appellate ruling.

As part of their ruling, the Supreme Court vacated a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court.

California state officials said this meant that the lower court ruling went into effect once the 9th Circuit Court acted — and the appellate court did not have to wait 25 days to act, state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said last week. The appellate court agreed with Ms. Harris, and gave the green light for marriages late Friday night.

Conservative groups trying to save Proposition 8 have talked about legal options, such as having county clerks sue to uphold the law, or challenge the power of a lone federal judge to overturn a state law, especially one passed by voters.

None of those actions has occurred yet, however, and Ms. Harris said she would take legal action against any California clerk who tried to block gay marriages.

Once the 9th Circuit Court lifts its stay, the attorney general said at her news conference, “The remaining law of the land for California are the words of Judge Vaughn Walker, who said that under equal protection and due process, Prop 8 is unconstitutional and therefore every one of the 58 counties will be enjoined from enforcing this unconstitutional law.”

“Marriages are on,” said Ms. Harris. “The wedding bells will ring.”

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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