The California Supreme Court issues a stay ordering San Francisco officials to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, recently-elected Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco instructed the city-county clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because the equal protection clause of the state constitution forbids discrimination in this area.
Around 4,000 same-sex couples have received marriage licenses in San Francisco. Couples from all over the United States traveled here to get marriage licenses and be married.
In August, the California Supreme Court rules that Mayor Gavin Newsom never had the authority to ignore state law regarding same-sex marriage. Thus, all of the marriages which had been performed for same-sex couples will be nullified.