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Final barrier falls; gay marriage now legal

Modified: Friday, Jun 28th, 2013

A crowd of people celebrate Wednesday at the Santa Cruz County building after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively invalidated Proposition 8. (Photo by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian)

Gay couples could begin tying the knot in Santa Cruz as soon as Monday, after the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals Friday lifted a stay that has been in place since Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional in 2010.

“We’re now able to issue licenses and perform ceremonies,” Assistant Santa Cruz County Clerk Tricia Webber said. “Monday will be a big day.”

The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for the announcement Wednesday when the justices ruled that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked legal standing to fight an earlier ruling from a federal judge who said the law was unconstitutional.

Margaret Morrison of the County Clerk’s office said 17 couples were waiting for the stay to be lifted.

Webber said that county clerks across the state were prepared to wait the 25 days that it normally takes for a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling to become official.

“To have it happen in three days is quite exciting, and we can’t wait to start,” she said.

For the complete article see the 06-28-2013 issue.

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