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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown: Counties must comply with gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Updated, 11:30 a.m. PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the case.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand that lower court ruling, which overturned the state’s voter-approved gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Brown said in a statement that the court has made same-sex marriage a reality in California “after years of struggle.”

The Democratic governor says he and Attorney General Kamala Harris have determined that county clerks and county registrars must comply with Wednesday’s ruling and begin registering same-sex marriage licenses once the stay is lifted.

The state Department of Public Health says in a letter to counties that it could take a month or more before that happens.


At a Los Angeles press conference Wednesday, Harris called for immediate resumption of same-sex marriages.

Supreme Court rulings normally take effect after 25 days, but Harris says she is certain marriages could resume much more quickly.

The trial court’s ruling was stayed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the attorney general contends the appeals court has the authority lift the stay before the 25 days are up.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. You tell em’, Jerry!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:32am
  2. I admire Jerry Brown he was a fantastic Governor when I was a kid and now nearing middle age, he makes me more proud.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:34am
  3. Yeah!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:35am
  4. That can take several months. t takes several months for SCOTUS to turn the case back over to the appeals court.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:37am
  5. Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:38am
  6. Bravo California!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:44am
  7. I love this state!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:47am
  8. Didn’t vote yes and then yes again why is it that when Cali ask the people to vote and we do they want to say to us no you don’t know what you are talking about lets ask the SC? why ask to vote on issues in the first place. This should have never been an issue. Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. Back in the day my parents would not have been allowed to marry just because they were of different races…check your history it was illegal in some states.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:48am
  9. He also did some actual work and got California out of the red, something that bombastic actor guy simply couldn’t manage.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:05am
  10. I am happy for my LGBT family yeah

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:19am
  11. Go get ‘em Mr Governor!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:03am