The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that same-sex marriages could resume in California, a move that the Supreme Court paved the way for on Wednesday.
California's Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in May 2008, ruling that the state's constitution gives "this basic civil right to (marry to) all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples."
But months later, 52% of voters backed Proposition 8 to once again restrict marriages so that they could only be between a man and a woman.
A federal appeals court ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, though it still issued a stay on same-sex marriages until the U.S. Supreme Court could weigh in.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said, "Now, and from this day forward, same-sex couples can share in the same joy that is available to all Americans."
City Hall will be open Saturday and Sunday for similar ceremonies.
Stier told reporters before the ceremony that she believes young Californians can now grow up feeling "they can be who they want to be" -- with government protection for all.
"I have never felt equal and I will after I marry," said Perry. "I will belong to a family that I chose."
The couple said their marriage was arranged so quickly Friday and their other three children couldn't attend the ceremony.
So ended California's nine years of legal struggle for same-sex marriage -- in a mere few minutes devoted to roses, kisses and "I do's."