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There's a push emerging to allow same-sex marriages to begin preceding immediately in the wake of the court decision to overturn Prop. 8 in California.

SAN FRANCISCO– The lawyers who convinced a federal judge to overturn California's gay marriage ban are now urging him to immediately allow same-sex couples to wed.

The attorneys filed their motion Friday and were joined by the city of San Francisco, another plaintiff in the lawsuit that led U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker to rule Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

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U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker has said he would rule on whether to postpone enforcement of  his order overturning Proposition 8 after he reviewed Friday’s written arguments.

California's governor, a plaintiff titular defendant in the recently concluded trial, was neutral during the trial, but has now spoken out.

(08-06) 17:04 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called today for the immediate restoration of same-sex marriage in California, urging the federal judge who overturned Proposition 8 to impose his ruling while the case moves through the higher courts.

Schwarzenegger is hard to figure at times at best, and pretty odious at other times. (update: as rserven and atdnext point out, he's vetoed same-sex marriage previously) Whether he's grandstanding here or not, he seems to be saying some good things.

Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry "is consistent with California's long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect," said a legal brief written on behalf of Schwarzenegger.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for Schwarzenegger's job also has taken action:

Legal calls to immediately resume gay marriages in California began Friday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions telling a federal judge it was the right thing to do.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for governor, also filed arguments Friday against extending a stay of Walker's ruling. Referring to the ban on same-sex marriage, Brown's filing stated that "the public interest weighs against its continued enforcement."

Not much more than that for now - a compilation of some some reports just released in the press this evening, that I though people would like to know about.

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