Judge Vaughn Walker, the Chief Justice for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, has instructed the state of California to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 5:00pm PDT on August 18th. His August 4th decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.
The day after the decision came down, the National LGBT Bar Association hosted a national call-in to provide an analysis of the case and a possible appeal. The event was led by Kate Kendell, the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr., the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. If you were unable to participate, you may listen to the recording here.
Lawyers defending Proposition 8 have said they will seek an immediate stay of the ruling to allow gay marriages to resume next Wednesday.
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