It’s Official: Same-Sex Couples in California Have the Freedom to Marry Once Again
California first began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 16, 2008. The issuance of those licenses was halted on November 5th of the same year, due to the passage of Proposition 8 —a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Although marriages entered in California continued to be valid, there were no new licenses issued after November 5th.
On June 26, 2013, the Court decided the official sponsors of Proposition 8 did not have legal standing to appeal the District Court’s decision when the State’s public officials refused to do so. On June 28, 2013 a stay of effect was removed from the federal district court decision, which restored the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in California.
Many same-sex couples married in San Francisco later that day, and to celebrate this huge milestone in gay rights, Furrer-Jacot has a billboard in the city recognizing this great achievement.
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