From February 12 to March 11, 2004, under the direction of Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, officials of the City and County of San Francisco issued marriage licenses to approximately 4,000 same-sex couples. During the month that licenses were issued, couples traveled from all over the United States and from other countries to be married. On August 12, citing the mayor’s lack of authority to bypass state law, the Supreme Court of California ruled that the marriages were void. Consolidated lawsuits against the state government in favor of same-sex marriage which followed eventually reached the Supreme Court of California. As the result of the Supreme Court of California ruling in In re Marriage Cases,same-sex marriages are legal in California since june 16,2008, due to the passage of Proposition 8—a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages.
With recent big increases in support for legalization of same-sex marriage, the California public is now 61% in favor, 31% opposed according to a February 2013 Field Poll, up from 59% in favor, 34% opposed in February 2012.