SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze.
In San Francisco, plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier planned to marry Friday at approximately 4:45 p.m., with state Attorney General Kamala Harris officiating, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the lawsuit.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the two other plaintiffs who successfully challenged Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, will marry at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Los Angeles City Hall. The pair announced their plans minutes after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order saying it has dissolved a stay it imposed on gay marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state’s voter-approved ban on such unions worked its way through the courts.
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