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Same-sex marriage in California

Same-sex marriage is legal in the U.S. state of California, and first became so on June 16, 2008, when the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as the result of the Supreme Court of California ruling in In re Marriage Cases, which found that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution. The issuance of those licenses was halted during the period of November 5, 2008 through June 27, 2013 (though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid) due to the passage of Proposition 8—a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. The granting of same-sex marriages recommenced following the United States Supreme Court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

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I was going through high school when this entire topic was in battle in congress and So many people tried to band the happiness between same-sex couples around the continent. It was saddening. I was disappointed when prop 8 came around also. For many of my friends it was hard for them. They thought they would never get a future in happiness. However, thanks to everyone's strength and will, we did it. California has legalized gay marriage and I could never be more happier. Finally content!

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