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Officials ready to start performing gay marriages as soon as judge rules

August 12, 2010 | 11:48 am

Officials are ready to immediately start marrying gay couples once a San Francisco judge lifts the stay to his decision to invalidate Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage in California.

If "the stay is lifted, ceremonies will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday," West Hollywood city officials said in a statement. "Those wanting to get married need to get a license first then can go to Kings Road Park."

If the judge lifts the stay, Mayor Antonio Villaragosa said he plans to start performing marriages Thursday afternoon on the steps of City Hall.

U.S. District Court in San Francisco has announced that Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker will issue his decision on a stay in the Proposition 8 case before noon.

Walker ruled last week that Proposition 8 violated federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

In response to a request by Proposition 8's sponsors, Walker granted a temporary stay of his ruling and permitted all the parties to argue whether he should postpone the effect of his ruling permanently.

-- Shelby Grad