Sunday, August 8, 2010

Schwarzenegger, Brown urge resumption of gay marriages

Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown urged a federal judge Friday to permit gay nuptials to resume immediately.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Wednesday overturned Proposition 8's ban of gay marriage. He put his decision on hold until he decides whether same-sex marriages should be permitted pending appeals.

Walker said he would rule after he reviewed written arguments on that question due Friday.

Schwarzenegger said California was prepared to marry gay couples and pointed to the fact that an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples wed in 2008 before Proposition 8 passed.

"Government officials can resume issuing such licenses without administrative delay or difficulty," Schwarzenegger's office said in written arguments to the court.