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Let Gays Marry Now, Say Schwarzenegger and Brown to Judge

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Now that Prop 8 has been overruled in a federal district court, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown are voicing their opposition to a stay, which is keeping the ban on gay marriages in effect. Judge Vaughn Walker granted the hold on his ruling to accept arguments from gay marriage foes this morning.

Schwarzenegger's briefing said that Prop 8 supporters "argue a stay is necessary because issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses will 'place administrative burdens on the State' and cause uncertainty to same-sex couples who choose to marry... On the contrary, as the Court has pointed out, 'the evidence shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry will be simple for California to implement because it has already done so; no change need be phased in.'”

Brown last year he opposed blocking Prop 8 because a case had not dug through legal and factual issues, according to the LA Times. "That has now occurred," his office said today. "And while there is still the potential for limited administrative burdens should future marriages of same-sex couples be later declared invalid, these potential burdens are outweighed by this court’s conclusion, based on the overwhelming evidence, that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."

In Mexico on Thursday, the country's supreme court ruled gay marriages in Mexico City were constitutional.