Circuit Court blocks new CA gay marriages before reviewing Prop. 8 appeal

Via Forbes:

Same-sex weddings in California are on hold indefinitely after a federal appeals court blocked the unions Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state’s gay marriage ban.

The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps a lower court judge’s order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker decided last week to allow gay marriages to go forward after ruling that the ban, known as Proposition 8, violated equal protection and due process rights of gays and lesbians guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. The Proposition 8 legal team quickly appealed Walker’s ruling in a case that many believe will end up before the Supreme Court.

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One Response

  1. A very pragmatic and solid decision by the court. I’m a little surprised they had the cojones and wisdom to issue it.

    It is much like Judge Bolton’s decision to block key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 pending further appeal and revue.

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