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Let the Wedding Bells Ring! Marriage to Resume in California Immediately

This afternoon the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the Federal District Court decision that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The plaintiffs who successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, including Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, will be the first to marry

Joey Latino

Joey Latino is a Los Angeles native and resident, and married his non-US citizen Italian spouse, Danilo Loliva, in New York two months ago. Danilo has renewed his traveler’s visa twice and his current visa is due to expire in August, and so the couple is anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's rulings so Joey can apply for Danilo's green card. Joey was adopted into an Italian-American family at an early age and is also an advocate for adoption by loving, caring parents regardless of orientation.

Cesar Hernandez-Topete and Miguel Topete-Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez-Topete and Miguel Topete-Hernandez fell in love four years ago, became domestic partners in 2012. Now they run a successful business CakePops & Co in Long Beach, California, and are working toward becoming foster parents, hoping to eventually adopt. Cesar and Miguel are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on Prop. 8, hoping to publicly affirm their love and commitment.. Marriage to them is about family.

Rev. Roland Stringfellow

Rev. Roland Stringfellow works to create dialogs on the topic of LGBTQ equality with congregations as the Director of Ministerial Outreach with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Sexuality on the campus of Pacific School of Religion. He has conducted multiple workshops on the topics of race, religion, class and sexuality. In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The Fellowship churches, a predominately African-American denomination with an outreach to LGBT individuals. He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California.

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