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BREAKING: Gay and lesbian couples begin marrying in California

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Gay and lesbian couples are now able to marry in California.

Today, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay on the historic federal  district court decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

After over 12 years together our plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, will be first couple to get married in California since the passage of Proposition 8.

For Kris and Sandy, and gay and lesbian couples like them, this day is a long time coming. It’s a day when they can finally look into each other’s eyes and know that their love is equal in the eyes of the law.

If you are planning to get married:

[Update, July 2, 5:30 p.m]

Photos  from San Francisco Pride

Los Angeles Victory Celebration

[Update, June 29, 9:17 a.m] Watch video of Paul & Jeff’s wedding in Los Angeles and Kris & Sandy’s wedding in San Francisco.

[Update, June 28, 6:35 p.m.] Jeff & Paul were married at L.A. City Hall in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on his last day in office.

[Update, June 28, 5:45 p.m.] Jeff & Paul will get married at 6 p.m. in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It will be broadcast live on MSNBC.

[Update, June 28, 4:55 p.m.] Kris and Sandy were married at 4:51 at San Francisco City Hall officiated by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Their son Elliot Perry served as ring bearer.

[Update, June 28, 4:47 p.m.] Kris & Sandy and Jeff & Paul and  both have their marriage licences. Kris and Sandy will be married momentarily by Attorney General Kamala Harris in San Francisco City Hall. Jeff & Paul will be married at L.A. City Hall.