Save the Date: Gay Marriages by Aug. 18th?

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To all love!
Today, Judge Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, lifted a stay on his decision which invalidated Prop 8 — the 2008 measure which marked same-sex marriages as unconstitutional. After last week’s decision, Walker issued a temporary stay to determine whether same-sex ceremonies should be allowed to be performed pending an appeal by supporters of Prop 8.

Although the stay has now been lifted, Walker has given the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit (the case has already been appealed) almost a week to consider whether to allow the marriage licenses to be issues while the legal challenge continues. We may be hearing church bells soon…

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