California Gov. Jerry Brown: counties must issue marriage licenses

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

EqualSame-sex marriages may resume in California as soon as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals terminates its stay order after the case is remanded back to the court from the U.S. Supreme Court, with an order to vacate the appeal.

California Governor Jerry Brown has directed that counties must comply with state and federal court decisions in California holding that same-sex marriage is entitled to constitutional equal protection.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports, Brown: Counties must comply:

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the case.

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Brown said in a statement that the court has made same-sex marriage a reality in California "after years of struggle."

The Democratic governor says he and Attorney General Kamala Harris have determined that county clerks and county registrars must comply with Wednesday's ruling and begin registering same-sex marriage licenses once the stay is lifted.

The state Department of Public Health says in a letter to counties that it could take a month or more before that happens.

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