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Couple left standing at altar by Prop. 8 ruling

Bruce Mayhall and Tom Rastrelli were the first in line Thursday morning at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, ready to get a marriage license if good news came down from Judge Vaughn Walker.

They dressed in matching pink shirts and waited.

As the hours passed, they watched heterosexual couple after heterosexual couple -- decked out in suits and white dresses -- pass them in line to get married.

They waited off to the side for their turn.

Then, at initial news of the stay being lifted, they cheered.

They got back in line only to discover that the court would not issue them a marriage license until they received official word.

They said the official ruling -– that marriages are on hold at least through Aug. 18 -– made them furious.

"It makes me sick and sad, but mostly furious," said Mayhall, 60, a college professor.

The couple have been together for three years. When they had a chance to be married in 2008, they decided against it because they didn't want to rush things. Since then, they have exchanged rings and now consider themselves married. But they want to make it official, Mayhall said, for the sake of equality.

Both of them had been out of state this week, but they rushed back to Los Angeles Wednesday, hoping to be married Thursday evening "with the sun setting in the background."

Instead, they left dejected and, at least in the eyes of the law, still unwed. "I feel mentally and physically exhausted and disappointed. My body was all revved up in the waiting, and now that I know, it's just crashed," Rastrelli said.

They said they will come back to the courthouse next week and wait -– once again -– for a chance to get married.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez in Beverly Hills


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Damn! They got excited for nothing oh well! Atleast they can think about there honeymoon which I am sure they will enjoy after such an ordeal just to get married.

Way to rain on this ray of sunshine, inconvenience should not be confused with injustice.

It makes me angry and sad that they did this. Don't worry guys you will get married soon!!!!

Oh heavens, the couple suffered emotional distress and inconvenience, which no one should have to go through in our era of the reign of the self. They outta sue Judge Walker for millions for causing this!

Marry a woman like the others - no waiting.

"Free country?"

Liberty and justice for some. Not all.
Change the pledge of allegiance to be honest.
"Thanks" America. "Free country"?

Meanwhile, the man who will cheat on his wife soon, or the wife who may someday abuse her husband, stepped right over them in line to grab their license. Thank goodness! the sanctity of marriage is still safe for a little while longer.

Im not really sure why this article made it into the paper, Im not really sure why anyone cares that non-heterosexual people couldn't married today, they have to know that as free-style as California is, even the Judge in this matter knows his limits. I seriously doubt that me as a heterosexual who was unable to get married today because the line was too long or the judge fell ill and couldn't conduct the ceremony would make the news at all. Non-heterosexuals know that there is a "problem" with wanting America to recognize their unions, but I wonder if they realize that they too have a "problem". Get a life, if you can't have what you want, move on to the next thing. Crybabies.

whaaaah! get over it guys...

I find this story compelling on the surface, but the truth behind these men detracts...

The reason that Mayhall and Rastrelli weren't married in 2008 is because Mayhall was in a domestic partnership with another man, whom he left for Rastrelli. As a partner in a registered domestic partnership, Mayhall was not eligible to remarry until he dissolved his prior relationship... he drug his feet on the divorce until this past year...

It makes them "Furious" now that's a scary thought.


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