(L.A. Times) -- The glowing faces of the newlyweds, hundreds of newlyweds, filled news reports over the weekend after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on California's same-sex weddings Friday afternoon and an attempt to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene failed. There almost certainly will be new legal challenges, but the era of Proposition 8 is, for practical intents and purposes, over.
San Francisco, long a welcoming city for gays and lesbians, kept its offices open so that couples who had waited years no longer had to postpone their nuptials. On Monday, all county clerks opened for business. By the time Proposition 8's supporters can mount further court challenges, which legal experts see as having almost no chance of success, same-sex marriage will be a widespread reality.