Saturday, June 29 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-06-29 18:47:36 GMT
San Diego supporters of same-sex marriage were celebrating Wednesday, with the U.S. Supreme Court clearing the way for same-sex unions to resume in California, although the More >>
San Diego supporters of same-sex marriage were celebrating Wednesday, with the U.S. Supreme Court clearing the way for same-sex unions to resume in California, although the high court fell short of setting a precedent that would legalize gay marriage across the country.More >>
UPDATE: Governor Jerry Brown Friday has ordered the California Department of Public Health to begin notifying counties that same-sex marriage must resume. At this time it is not known when San Diego County would be notified.
"I have been checking my email continuously since we heard that the 9th Court vacated the stay and we have not received word yet. We're still waiting for word," Chief Deputy Recorder-Clerk Val Wood told News 8.
A county employee said those seeking an appointment should call on Monday, since the county clerk's office at the County Administration Building stops taking calls at 4 p.m. and is closed on weekends.
An appointment is required to obtain a marriage license and/or civil ceremony, according to the website for the assessor/recorder/country clerk.
THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Same-sex couples in San Diego County and across the state were cleared Friday to get married, with a federal appeals court lifting a stay it had placed on the unions while the battle over Proposition 8 was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the San Diego County Recorder has not been reached yet for comment on when they will be ready to start processing marriage licenses.
The nation's highest court ruled Wednesday that supporters of Proposition 8 -- the voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriage in California -- lacked the proper standing to appeal a lower-court ruling declaring the measure unconstitutional.
The ruling essentially allowed the original federal court ruling to stand, striking down Prop. 8.
But the resumption of weddings was left on hold because of an earlier stay that had been issued by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals while the case was pending. Although it initially appeared that same-sex couples would have to wait about 25 days before the stay would be lifted, the 9th Circuit issued a one-sentence order Friday reading, "The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately."
After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling was released Wednesday, state Attorney General Kamala Harris had called on the 9th Circuit to immediately lift the stay. Under federal court rules, however, there is generally a 25-day period to allow proponents of Prop. 8 to seek a re-hearing before the Supreme Court.
With the 9th Circuit lifting the stay, however, Harris quickly wrote on her Twitter page, "On my way to (San Francisco) City Hall. Let the wedding bells ring!"