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June 29, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Chris Megerian and Joseph Serna
SAN FRANCISCO - They piled into their white Prius in Los Alamitos at midnight and arrived at City Hall here not long after sunrise Saturday with one simple goal in mind: A marriage license. Right now. Sandy Palmer and Mary Dang knew they couldn't get the crucial piece of paper over the weekend in Orange County, where they have lived together for 10 years. And they worried that the right to marry granted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon could be taken away again Monday morning.
June 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Matt Stevens
West Hollywood celebrated the resumption of gay weddings in California on Friday afternoon after a federal appeals court lifted the last legal roadblock that kept Proposition 8 in place.  Many were stunned by the speed of the decision. "It's so quick," said Paul Lekakis, 47, of West Hollywood. "I never dreamed in my life that this could be a concrete possibility. " Scott Schmidt, another West Hollywood resident, was amazed that the court acted so soon because it previously had indicated that it would wait nearly a month.
June 28, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The county clerk's office here is unlikely anyone's idea of a romantic destination, with its rows of cubicles, monochrome walls and stiff furniture. But that didn't deter same-sex couples who rushed to the office Friday evening, eager to be married as soon as possible. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had cleared the way for same-sex marriages just hours earlier. Two women were so excited to marry their partners, they showed up nine months pregnant. Gina Backovich, 41, would get married Friday and have labor induced Monday.  "It's exciting to being the baby into a married couple," said her partner, Regina King, 35. Asked why they wanted to get married so quickly, she replied, "Because we can. " Andrea Stern, 28, was also pregnant at the clerk's office.
June 28, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Anthony York and Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO - Same-sex marriages in California resumed Friday when a federal appeals court lifted a hold on a 2010 injunction, sparking jubilation among gays and accusations of lawlessness from the supporters of Proposition 8. In a surprise action, a federal appeals court cleared the way, bypassing a normal waiting period and lifting a hold on a trial judge's order that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The news came in a single, legalistic sentence Friday afternoon from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
June 28, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The authors of Proposition 8 denounced the immediate resumption of gay marriages in California after Friday's decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to greenlight same-sex weddings immediately.  Andy Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, said the decision by the federal appeals court in San Francisco came without waiting for the Supreme Court's decision to become final -- which takes 25 days...
June 28, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- California held its first gay marriage since 2008 as state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris performed the wedding ceremony for Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, plaintiffs in the landmark court case that challenged Proposition 8. They were married in San Francisco about an hour after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened the way for same-sex weddings to resume in California. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was slated to marry Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the other plaintiffs in the case, at L.A. City Hall at 6:15 p.m. "By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the state of California, I now declare you spouses for life," Harris told Perry and Stier on a second-floor balcony at San Francisco City Hall.
June 28, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Maura Dolan
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris will officiate the first same-sex wedding in the state Friday afternoon, shortly after a federal appeals court cleared the path for gay weddings to resume. At 4 p.m., a spokesman for the attorney general's office confirmed that Harris was about to begin officiating the marriage of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a Berkeley couple who were two of the four plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case decided this week.  "About to marry the #Prop8 plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier.
June 26, 2013 | By Shan Li, Adolfo Flores and Ricardo Lopez
On the day the Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay rights movement, Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill put the finishing touches on a wedding cake celebrating gay marriage. The cake - creamy white topped with two same-sex couples kissing - is the first of many that owner Charles Feder anticipates baking as gay weddings resume in the Golden State. He expects gay wedding celebrations, along with future anniversary fetes and baby showers, to be a boon to his business. "When gay marriage was allowed previously in California, we did three or four [cakes]
April 24, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Rhode Island took a step Wednesday toward becoming the 10th state to recognize gay marriage after the Senate passed a bill that could clear the way for same-sex weddings to begin this summer. The bill passed 26 to 12 after about 90 minutes of debate and is due to take effect Aug. 1, assuming nothing blocks what is seen as a routine vote in the House and the signature of Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee, an independent, supports the legislation, and the House easily passed the bill in January.
January 28, 2013 | By David Colker
One of the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has formed a coalition of major companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It's no surprise, of course, that the HRC in Washington would use its considerable clout to organize big businesses to fight DOMA, the law that excludes recognition of same-sex marriages. What will be a surprise to many is that one of the first companies to join the effort was Marriott International Inc., which was founded by a devout Mormon, John Willard Marriott.
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