Same-Sex Marriage Starts in California on August 18

gay_marriageA US District Court judge has given the green light to allow same-sex marriages again in the state of California starting August 18, 2010.

The decision handed in another victory to supporters of gay rights after the same judge ruled that a ban on gay marriages is against the US Constitution last week.

Judge Vaughn Walker stated in his ruling regarding Proposition 8, which is voter-approved, that marriage is a “culturally superior status” to domestic partnerships, and that he could not find any rational basis for denying marriage to gay and lesbian groups.

The cases are expected to be brought up to the highest court in the country, the United States Supreme Court. The would-be landmark case will eventually decide if people of the same gender across the union can be married. Currently same sex marriages are allowed in District of Columbia and the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire. Civil unions are recognized in New Jersey.