Gay marriages to resume in California

Judge lifts temporary stay; new ruling takes effect Aug. 18

Gay marriage can resume in California beginning August 18. In a ruling issued this morning, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaugh Walker, who struck down California's voter-approved gay marriage ban as unconstitutional last week, lifted a temporary stay.

His decision is a victory for same-sex marriage proponents, including a number of Hollywood figures like Rob Reiner, Bruce Cohen and Dustin Lance Black who supported the court challenge to overturn Proposition 8.

Writer-actress Nia Vardalos greeted the news with a Twitter post: "Congrats to our gay+lesbian brothers, sisters. If u need bouquet advice, I am a trained florist."

The judge said that same-sex marriages, which were legal in the state for five months in 2008, can once again take place while opponents of gay marriage pursue an appeal to the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Ted Olson and David Boies, attorneys for the two gay couples who sued to overturn Prop. 8, along with Gov. Arnold Scwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, filed motions on Friday asking that same-sex marriages be allowed to resume immediately.