What's Next?: Prop 8 Ruling
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PALM SPRINGS - It was a day of celebration across California for same-sex marriage supporters and here in the valley, it was certainly no different. Supporters gathered at the Forever Marilyn statue and then at Wangs in the Desert to celebrate what they call a huge victory for gay rights. While many showed up to simply support marriage equality, some took it one step further and popped the big question right there. Palm Springs couple John Moore and Ryan Cummings continued celebrating at Wangs. They said they were overcome with emotion when the ruling was read. "Kind of burst out into tears, both of us, like sobbing. It was kind of cool,” says Cummings. “I wouldn't say I burst out into tears. More like I had light tears,” laughs his fiancé Moore. They got engaged on Wednesday, the day the ruling was announced. Though, some are unsure when marriage licenses will be granted to gay couples.
"Here in California, Prop 8 is gone and buried forever,” says Legislative Strategist for the National Center for Lesbian Rights Geoff Kors. He says there is 25 days before a Supreme Court decision is final. "Once those 25 days pass, the 9th Circuit will lift that stay and marriages will resume in California. It's safe to say it will happen within a month. Governor Brown has already directed them to act immediately when the stay is lifted,” says Kors.
For some, marriage equality has some historical value. "My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor who escaped Nazi occupied Germany and came to America for equality and now here I am standing under Marilyn’s skirt having the equality that he paved the way for,” says marriage equality supporter Joshua Miller. Kors says even though there is victory today, there is not victory at the federal level; something he says people shouldn't forget. "There’s a lot of work to do. There are still 37 states without marriage equality and until we have it nationally, same -sex couples are at risk and some have no rights whatsoever in some states,” says Kors. John and Ryan agree, but say today, for them, it's a celebration. "We've been together for six years and have wanted marriage for three so today is just very exciting for us,” says Moore. Riverside County urges any couples who want to marry to fill out all paper work before going to the office.
You can download an application for a marriage license here.