Within an hour after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted its 2010 injunction that prohibited same-sex marriages, gay couples rushed to San Francisco City Hall to tie the knot. By the end of Sunday, the city clerk had performed 469 same-sex marriage ceremonies, city officials said today.
The majority of those marriages -- about 218 -- took place on Sunday, the same day San Francisco celebrated the 43rd annual Gay Pride, where hundreds of thousands of people crowded the streets of San Francisco.
Additionally, more than 563 marriage licenses have been issued since Friday, as the clerk's office stayed open until 8 p.m. Friday night and was open on Saturday and Sunday to allow couples to get hitched.
Friday's ruling was just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, claiming it was not its jurisdiction to decide the state's future on gay marriage. The court kicked the case back to the Ninth Circuit, which had previously invalidated Prop. 8.
In addition, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, where a 5-4 ruling deemed the 1996 law that prohibited same-sex couples from tax breaks and other benefits associated with marriage as unconstitutional on equal protection grounds.
According to city officials, San Francisco was the only county in California that stayed open this weekend to marry same-sex couples.