Waymon Hudson

Breaking News: No Stay for California Marriages!

Filed By Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics, The Movement
Tags: California, marriage equality, Supreme Court Decision

The California Supreme Court denied a request today to put a hold on its ruling allowing same-sex marriages after the November election. Opponents of the court's May 15 ruling had asked the justices to stay the decision until Californians vote in November on a constitutional amendment that would overturn the court's decision.

The court denied the request for a stay by 4-3, the same vote by which the justices declared last month that the state law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was unconstitutional.

The court's decision will become final June 16 at 5:00 p.m., paving the way for same-sex weddings on June 17th.

The decision comes even after a number of Attorney Generals from various states around the country asked the court to stay the decision. The court also denied the petitions for rehearing.

Chief Justice Ronald George, and Justices Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Werdegar, and Carlos Moreno voted to deny rehearing. Justices Marvin Baxter, Ming Chin, and Carol Corrigan would have granted rehearing.

So call the caterer, order your flowers, and let the wedding bells ring!!


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Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | June 4, 2008 6:31 PM

And don't forget, if you have wedding plans, to include Equality For All in your list of calls. They have a packet of useful information for you about how to navigate the press, family, etc. and make the most of your joyous occasion to help ensure that the civil law aspect of your marriage isn't abruptly ended by a referendum in November.

Don't hide your love in a closet. Share it widely and let it shine.

I'm actually really relieved to hear this decision today. Now there is no doubt that I will be marrying Anthony in a few weeks!

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 5, 2008 11:07 AM

Best wishes to you and Anthony!

Curtis Morton | June 5, 2008 11:59 AM

Whoo hoo! This is a fantastic step.

I just got an email today from an organization who is opposed to same-sex marriage. They are trying to get people together to rally and vote against same-sex marriage in California, so we have a fight on our hands.

Hopefully voters will vote to allow everyone to love and marry who they choose.

Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | June 5, 2008 12:17 PM

Not being a stranger to quick post-ruling civil wedding planning, may I say two things:
1) If you can afford it, the concierges at the Four Seasons can be worth their weight in gold at times like these, especially if yours will be a destination event and
2) Congratulations!