BREAKING: Prop 8 plaintiffs prepare to marry moments after ban is lifted

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.

Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry (right) Sandra Stier.

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.

Prop 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami (left) and Jeff Zarillo have their marriage license and are headed to San Francisco City Hall.

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.

Developing story, check back for frequent updates.

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