The San Francisco same-sex weddings took place between February 12 and March 11, , after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom directed the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and a number of interest groups sued to end the practice. About 4, such licenses were issued before the California Supreme Court ordered a halt to the practice on March On August 12, , the California Supreme Court voided all of the licenses that had been issued in February and March. The legal dispute over the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples led to the In re Marriage Cases ruling by the California Supreme Court, which legalized same-sex marriage in California. Recently elected Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials began issuing marriage licenses in San Francisco, on February 12,
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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.
By Reuters Staff. Reuters - Twelve of the 50 U. The U. Supreme Court was expected on Wednesday to issue rulings in two major cases relating to gay marriage. The first three states to allow gay marriage did so because of court rulings permitting it, rather than through legislative action or putting the issue to voters to decide.