Future of 18,000 Married Gay Couples?
The language of Proposition 8 may have ended gay marriages in California, but it was silent on invalidating marriages before the prop was passed on November 4th. The big question on 18,000 couples' minds is what will happen to their marriages? California Attorney General Jerry Brown and a number of equality groups are saying that marriages between June 16th and Nov. 4th "are still valid in the state of California and must continue to be honored by the state," according to the ACLU. However, a final definite answer on that is still unknown, they warn. "Although it is extremely unlikely that California courts would apply the initiative retroactively, the proponents of Proposition 8 may file a legal challenge trying to invalidate the marriages of those who married before Proposition 8 possibly passed."