No Gay Marriages in California For Now, Federal Court Rules [Updated]
A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel of judges ruled today that enforcement of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will continue until at least December. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker set Prop 8 to expire on Wednesday, meaning same sex marriages could be performed beginning at 5 p.m. if the higher court did not block them. And indeed, they did step in, but agreeing to quickly push the case through the next step, which is a technical one.
In the week of December 6th, backers of Prop 8 will have to prove they have the legal authority to appeal Walker's ruling, according to the LA Times. The ruling found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional. Officially, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown are the defendants in the case, but both being supporters of gay marriage, declined defending the ban.
During the trail, the official Prop 8 backers were legally granted intervenor status to defend Prop 8.