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L.A. Now Live: What does the Supreme Court's Prop. 8 ruling mean?

June 27, 2013

It could be nearly a month before gay couples in the state can say “I do" and be recognized as married because of federal court procedures.

This despite calls from California officials for same-sex marriages to resume immediately.

Join us at 9 a.m. Thursday when we talk with Times reporter Maura Dolan about the Supreme Court’s ruling on Proposition 8 and what it means for Californians.


At a news conference just before noon Wednesday, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urged the federal appeals court to lift its stay on a 2010 lower court ruling declaring Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. 

The court's normal process is "to wait to be notified of the judgment by the clerk of the Supreme Court. That won't happen until the 25-day period expires. Once the judgment is received, the panel that decided the case will take action," David J. Madden, an appeals court official, told The Times.

Madden said the court had not received any legal paperwork from Harris asking them to expedite the process.

Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered all 58 counties in California to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples once the appeals court acts.

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