CA Gov. Orders Counties To Issue Marriage Licenses As Soon As Prop 8 Stay Lifts


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Wednesday instructed the state Department of Public Health to deliver a notice to county clerks saying that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in California once the injunction on those marriages is lifted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The order comes directly in the wake of the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Prop 8 appeal.

“The effect of the district court’s injunction is that same-sex couples will once again be allowed to marry in California,” the notice said. “But they will not be able to marry until the Ninth Circuit issues a further order dissolving a stay of the injunction that has been in place throughout the appeal process.”

It could be a month or more before that injunction is lifted and clerks are allowed to issue marriage licenses, according to the notice.