Friday, June 28, 2013

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BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Lifts Stay On Marriage

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted."

Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision overturning Proposition 8 applied only to the two same-sex couples who challenged the ballot measure. But their enthusiasm for going to court to try to narrow the effect of the decision appeared to wane in the hours after the decision.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

VIDEO: Telemundo: Local Reaction to Supreme Court Rulings

Leon Velasco, with Gay Central Valley , spoke to Telemundo today, regarding the Supreme Court rulings on same sex marriage. The interview took place at the Fresno LGBT Community Center , a project of Gay Central Valley…

Watch the Video HERE

KMPH Local Marriage Perspective

Supporters of same sex marriage in California are claiming a big victory.
Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court voted to let stand a 2010 trial court ruling, that overturned Proposition 8, that is the state's voter approved ban on gay marriage.

As soon as the news broke, the phones at the Fresno County Clerk's office started to ring with same sex couples wanting to marry.
However, the courts action is not a clear-cut ruling and now sends the case back to California.

State and federal judges along with the state's top officials have already said same sex marriage is a matter of equal rights.

But those against same sex marriage quickly say that is yet to happen, and they hope the will of the people will be upheld.

Pastor Jim Franklin says, "We have voted twice, the Supreme Court of the state of California said we had to the right to do that, and we've made our laws. What the problem is now is that we do not have leadership of the Governor's Office or in the Lt.Governor's office, or the Attorney General's Office to defend the will of the people."

President of Gay Central Valley, Chris Jarvis says, "A lot of people in California feel that they should have the right to vote on what marriage is. We see this as a civil rights issue that the courts have to decide all across the country."

Members in the gay and lesbian community say in the last 5 years the number of people who support gay marriage has grown substantially.

However many understand it could be months before a decision comes down.