2.10.2012

Prop. 8 struck down: Will California's gay couples flock to the altar?

Federal court ruling on Tuesday that Proposition 8, the California ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, will not result directly from the increase in marriage licenses throughout California, according to legal analysts as the same-sex couples have been waiting for a court decision.

The main reason is to stay the decision, which prevents same-sex couples to get married to avoid having to cancel the wedding, if other courts invalidate the decision. In fact, this occurred in 2008 when 18 000 couples got married after the state Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal, voters passed Prop 8 just five months later. Their legal status is still questionable.

However, uncertainty about the state of gay marriage across the country is also a factor for some couples.

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Long Beach residents Kimberlee Ward and Anne Albertine, a certificate of domestic partnership for seven years - and 13-month daughter, Ava - said they would not marry the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.

"We waited until it was recognized by the federal and state levels," said Mrs. Ward, director of admissions at an elementary school. "We do not want to get married one day and declared illegal, or considered differently for state and federal taxes."

Ward is the birth mother of Ava, but some are given the surname of her daughter Mrs. Albertina, Albertine to provide more legal rights. Some are not through the adoption procedure.

"We liked the idea that now we can see Ava in the same light as the parents of their friends and understand our marriages and relationships are very important and loving as well as other married couples," said Ward.

Analysis Williams Institute, which compiles nationwide statistics on sexual orientation and gender identity, an estimated 100,000 same-sex couples live in California, raising more than 30,000 children under 18. Based on how many couples married in other states legalize same-sex marriage, it was predicted that more than 24,000 couples tend to marry within three years of residence is removed, or the Supreme Court's opinion in its favor.

Opponents of gay marriage is called a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco error.

"The decision today is disappointing but not surprising, coming from the most liberal circuit court in this country," wrote the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins said in a statement. "It's a case of Hollywood, financed, which seeks to impose San Francisco values ​​across the country can eventually reach the Supreme Court. Management is not constitutional, but the insistence of a group of activists to force their will on their fellow citizens. "

For some of San Francisco and Abby Abinanti Nachlis Lorie, who had been in a committed relationship for 13 years, every other marriage is a covenant in the second grade. They reject the idea of ​​domestic partnership law.

"In a split second decision, the son of my text message read:" Now you have a wife? "Mother Said Nachlis, divorced from heterosexual marriage. "We have a large family so this will give a good sense of stability."

With a background in law divorce lawyer who Nachlis stay in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court policy or refuse to accept the case. But since this is about 60, Nachlis said he was willing to go to another state to get married.

"The issue of age has been home a few weeks ago when he was hospitalized, and I think that I do not have a partner, and make decisions for me," said Nachlis. "I really want to get married in California, but now it makes me realize that maybe it's time to get married in Iowa."

In fact, even outside the court's decision, the issue of gay marriage in flux, in California.

"It's time to celebrate the great success," said Eric Harrison, chief executive of Love Honor Cherish while, anti-Prop. 8 organization.

But if it is not clear in the spring or not same-sex couples can legally marry, his group is considering collecting signatures for the bill to repeal Proposition 2012. 8.

He said: "This is obviously a long, if gays and lesbians can get married right now or how long it will stay in place."

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