Same-sex marriage is legal in the U. The state first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 16, as a result of the Supreme Court of California finding in In re Marriage Cases that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution. The issuance of such licenses was halted from November 5, through June 27, though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid due to the passage of Proposition 8 —a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Perry , which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.
Gay Marriage Ban Goes On Trial In California
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District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said in his page ruling. The ruling was the first in the country to strike down a marriage ban on federal constitutional grounds. Previous cases have cited state constitutions. Lawyers on both sides expect the ruling to be appealed and ultimately reach the U. Supreme Court during the next few years. It is unclear whether California will conduct any same-sex weddings during that time.
Gay marriage on trial
A legal battle over a California referendum barring gay marriage, which is expected to go all the way to the US supreme court and decide the future of same-sex unions, opened in San Francisco today. The case will test whether same-sex unions are shielded by constitutional guarantees of equal protection against the power of the majority to discriminate on the grounds of tradition and morality. But supporters of the California vote against gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, say the court case is a struggle for the soul of America. The US district court case is the first of its kind in a federal court and will include an unprecedented examination of gay relationships and marriage in general as couples, academics and opponents of same-sex unions are expected to testify. It comes as the acceptance of gay marriage — which was legalised in several states and Washington DC in recent years — has recently suffered a number of setbacks, including in New York and New Jersey, where legislatures surprised advocates by rejecting same-sex unions.
Proposition 8 , known informally as Prop 8 , was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in the November California state elections. The proposition was created by opponents of same-sex marriage in advance  of the California Supreme Court 's May appeal ruling, In re Marriage Cases , which followed the short-lived same-sex weddings controversy and found the previous ban on same-sex marriage Proposition 22 , unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a federal court on different grounds in , although the court decision did not go into effect until June 26, , following the conclusion of proponents' appeals. Proposition 8 countermanded the ruling by adding the same provision as in Proposition 22 to the California Constitution , providing that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California", thereby superseding the ruling.