Reporting Nick Janes
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Same-sex couple across the state rejoiced being able to tie the knot for the first time since Proposition 8 passed in 2008.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay on marriages after the Supreme Court determined supporters of Proposition 8 did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling.
In Sacramento, Diana and Nicola were breathless, being the first couple through the door. In their rush to the Sacramento County Clerk’s office, they forgot their rings.
“We don’t have anything with us. It was like a fire we just ran out of the house.”
Tearful and thankful beyond words, the couple was allowed to get married after seven years together.
“Seven years. Five years fighting on the Capitol steps for this, this moment.”
Though this moment took years to arrive, in one sense it came sooner than expected. Most thought it would be a few more weeks. But the Ninth Circuit’s ruling came just two days after the Supreme Court’s decision.
The clerk’s office said they issued 19 marriage licenses and held 11 ceremonies between the afternoon ruling and their closing at 7 p.m. The office will be closed for the weekend, with license issuance resuming on Monday.
The San Joaquin County Clerk’s office didn’t issue any licenses today, instead saying they will begin issuing them on Monday.
It was a bit of a rushed wedding, but then Diana and Nicola have waited an awfully long time for this day, this moment.
“It’s marriage, it’s marriage, it’s magic. I feel like we’re married. We’re real-life married.”