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Monday, August 16, 2010

California Gay Marriage Must Hold Off For Appeals Process


By Douglas V. Gibbs

San Francisco and West Hollywood are on hold in California. The Proposition 8 case, which took an unconstitutional turn when U.S. District Court Judge Walker decided to rule based on his personal feelings, rather than the law, and then change the interpretation of the 14th Amendment to fit his twisted decision, has gay marriage on hold as the decision by Walker is appealed by the proponents of the California State Constitutional Amendment that was designed to protect the definition of marriage. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel earlier today ruled that during the appeals process, gay couples may not marry in California while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's traditional marriage protection amendment that defines marriage in California as being between a man and a woman.

However, the appeals court has set a relatively aggressive schedule for hearing the case, ordering lawyers to produce a series of briefs between Sept. 17 and Nov. 1.

The decision by the appellate court panel to not allow gay marriages to take place in California during the appellate process reverses U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling, who had said that marriages could resume while higher courts considered the matter.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

California Gay Marriage on Hold as Case Is Appealed - New York Times

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