The news spread across California through a flurry of tweets, texts, likes, links and media alerts: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. California legalized same-sex marriage two years ago, but supporters here said they were no less elated Friday to learn that the U. Supreme Court had extended the right to all Americans. Indeed, the historic news moved many to tears, shouts of joy and spontaneous celebration.
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It is only fitting to end this timeline with the following quote from that decision:. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.
It isn't intended to be legal advice, and shouldn't be taken as such. For legal advice concerning your particular situation, please consult an attorney. Same-sex couples have had the freedom to marry in California since , when the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal in Hollingsworth v.
Same-sex marriage is legal in the U. The state first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 16, as a result of the Supreme Court of California finding in In re Marriage Cases that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution. The issuance of such licenses was halted from November 5, through June 27, though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid due to the passage of Proposition 8 —a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Perry , which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.