8/27/2012 4:18 PM
In a promising decision, Judge James Ware issued an order in which same-sex couple will be allowed to marry in the state of California. The federal court case was one that was challenging Proposition 8, the state's amendment that limits marriage to one man and one woman, and closing the case officially nullifies the amendment.
But it's unfortunately not the end of the fight for the state—the couples will have to wait on the Supreme Court's decision to actually be able to get married.
Until the Supreme Court approves the closing and approves Ware's order, same-sex couple won't be able to marry, but it's a step very much in the right direction.
Though California has had some issues passing amendments making same-sex marriage legal, we see this as progress being made—of a branch of the political structure in the state taking notice of a need and trying his best to meet it.
It's uncertain what will happen in the Supreme Court, as proponents of Proposition 8 are said to be seeing a stay of the case (in other words, a hold of the case, or further deliberation). Judge Ware, however, wrote today that all requests to stay the judgment in the case were denied. Other reports say that a stay of the case was granted, but regardless of whether there's been a "stay" or now, we think this is promising information in the realm of same-sex marriage legalization.