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Justices Deny Stay on Gay Marriages, Unions Begin on June 17

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The California Supreme Court denied the request to stay same-sex marriages until after a November vote by a 4-3 vote, it was announced today. That means marriages may be commenced starting June 17 throughout California. The order becomes final on June 16 at 5 p.m., according to a press release sent out by the state's Judicial Council.

Last month, enough signatures were collected by opponents of same-sex marriage toput an amendment change proposal on the November ballot. If passed, the California constitution would define marriage as a union “between a man and a woman,” therefore overturning the decision.

For complete coverage of same-sex marriages, go here.

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