August 7th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Top officials in California urge judge to allow same-sex marriage

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages.

(CNN) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages while an appeal over the struck-down law that banned them makes its way through the courts.

Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed briefs two days after Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

In his Wednesday ruling, Walker also issued a temporary stay, which stopped his decision from taking effect.

If he lifts his stay, officials in California could immediately be allowed to perform same-sex marriages again. They were able to do so, briefly, before the Proposition 8 ban passed in 2008.

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Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Terry

    Good! Even Arnold Schwarzenegger understands the Fourteenth Amendment.

    August 7, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Gil

    I know gay couples and frankly their relationships have been far better than my own relationship in a traditional marriage. Their children, adopted, are leaders and top notch students, one a valedictorian! I do not think denying them their Constitutional rights accomplishes anything other than to make the right wing nut cases more extreme.

    August 7, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. April in Denver

    This case is headed for the Supreme Court where gay marriage - and all their civil rights - will become settled law. In the 21st century we cannot allow one group's religious beliefs - even the majority's beliefs - to deny anyone their rights in America.

    August 7, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. DENNA

    Same sex marriages should be allowed. Traditional marriage will not be threatened if gay people are able to legally declare their relationships. Let God judge whether their lives were legal or not – we need to butt out and live and let live.

    August 7, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Milbank

    Its a freak show in this once great state. They vote on prop 8 twice and now one judge overrules voting by 7 million. Some try fiscal discipline in their state government but it won't happen. California is a beautiful place but its a disaster.

    August 7, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Bono

    Why is that the media continues to leave out the fact that Judge Walker is one of two openly Gay federal judges?
    There is a clear bias by the judge in this case.

    August 7, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |