Judge Lifts Calif. Marriage Decision Stay on Aug. 18

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – commented on today’s decision by Judge Vaughn Walker to lift the stay on his ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger as of August 18, allowing California to once again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Lifting the stay will put into action Judge Walker’s basic premise that the state can’t discriminate against same-sex couples,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Californians deserve equality and they deserve it now.”

Even with today’s decision, there remain many steps – and unanswered questions – in this case. Prop 8 supporters are likely to appeal the stay decision to the Ninth Circuit, which could issue its own stay and stop marriage licenses from being issued. Additionally, supporters of Prop 8 have already filed their appeal of the entire case with the Ninth Circuit.

“Ending the enforcement of this discriminatory and unconstitutional law will once again treat same-sex couples as full citizens of California,” added Solmonese. “We look forward to the day when this becomes the permanent and unassailable reality for every family.”

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