California gay marriages put off during appeal process

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In the never-ending saga that is California’s Prop 8 trial the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals continued the stay that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker had previously lifted, until oral arguments could be heard on Dec 6th.

“It’s saddening just to know that we still have to keep waiting for this basic human right,” Marcia Davalos, of Los Angeles, a health care advocate who had planned to marry her partner, Laurette Healey, said when the stay was issued Monday. “We were getting excited and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Ugh.’ It’s a roller-coaster.”

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they would not appeal the panel’s decision on the stay to the U.S. Supreme Court and that they were satisfied that their case was being fast-tracked. They also seem confident it is only a matter of time before the ban on gay marriages is overturned in California.

Currently, same-sex couples can legally wed only in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. California, the most populous state, would be ground-breaking.

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