Thousands of gay couples are expected to wed in California in the coming weeks now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state.
in California began performing same-sex marriages Monday evening local
time as the state became the second in the United States to recognize
Gay couples waited in long lines for
marriage licenses and to exchange vows Tuesday, the first full day
same-sex marriages were legal in California. Hundreds of couples are
expected to be married today throughout the western state.
four-to-three decision in May, the California Supreme Court ruled
against a voter-approved law that restricted marriage to a man and a
woman. The court said the state constitution's guarantee of equal
rights gives same-sex couples the right to marry.
will have a chance to overturn the court ruling in November when they
vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to limit marriage to a man
and a woman.
Twenty-seven U.S. states have amended their constitutions to limit marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
voters passed a ban on gay marriages in 2000 with 61 percent of the
vote. A recent survey shows a slight majority of Californians now
support the right to same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts is the only other U.S. state to allow gay marriage.
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters and AP.