On August 4, 2010, a United States District Court for the Northern District of California struck down Proposition 8 ruling it unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution. Proposition 8 amended the California State Constitution to prohibit the state from legally recognizing same-sex marriages. It is expected that this case will be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme Court of the United States.
It should come as no surprise that the wheels of justice turn slowly. So what happens to same-sex couples in California while the this case is being appealed? Today, Judge Vaugh Walker, the judge that heard the case, instructed the State ofCalifornia to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 2010.