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Gay marriages return to Californian statute books

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Gay marriages return to Californian statute books


Same-sex marriages have resumed in California after a court of appeal lifted a five-year ban in the wake of a landmark US Supreme Court ruling.

The moment the order was dissolved activists and couples converged on San Fransisco City Hall to get married.

The couple whose case sparked this week’s Supreme Court decision were among those who tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier filed the lawsuit against Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage in 2008.

“This is the first day of the rest of our lives together, said Perry

The marriages cap a historic week for gay rights in the US after the Supreme Court also extended federal benefits to married gay couples. But Proposition 8 supporters insist that legal wrangling over the issue will continue.

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