Governor Jerry Brown issued the following statement today on the United States Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 (Hollingsworth v. Perry):
“After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,” said Governor Brown.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects the 2010 federal district court’s decision that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional if left intact, and the law cannot be enforced.