A Brief Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in California

By February 11, 2013 September 29th, 2017 Blog

The state of California is among many in the United States working to provide legal rights for same-sex couples who wish to marry. In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry, which took effect in June of that same year; in November of 2008, however, Proposition 8 passed to again prevent same-sex marriage in the state. Proposition 8 was challenged in 2009, but the California Supreme Court upheld the decision to ban same-sex marriage. In 2010, a federal district judge ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, and in 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision.

Following opposition from proponents of Proposition 8 and a refusal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case, the battle over same-sex marriage will continue to the United States Supreme Court. If the decision to allow same-sex marriage is upheld, enforcement allowing same-sex marriage should go into effect in 2013.

For more information about the legal rights of same-sex couples and what changes may take place following the United States Supreme Court’s decision, visit a qualified family law practitioner in California.

Arlene D. Kock

Author Arlene D. Kock

With over 40 years of experience in the field of family law, Arlene D. Kock appears regularly in Northern California jurisdictions. The attorney offers free initial consultations in her full service San Ramon , CA. office.

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