Court blocks same-sex marriage in CA as case appealed

Mon. August 16, 2010 6:05 PM by News Staff

San Francisco, CA - Same-sex marriages are to remain on hold in California while appeals are being heard, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this afternoon.

The appeals court agreed to hear a bid by same-sex marriage opponents to appeal the case in the place of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who have declined to file an appeal.

Today's ruling is a set-back for gay rights activists who had hoped same-sex marriages could begin as early as Wednesday after Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that same-sex marriages could resume while higher courts considered the matter.

The appeals court has put the case on the fast track, agreeing to hear arguments in early December.

"It's more waiting for same-sex couples, but, theoretically, the bone they've been thrown is instead of taking the normal time," Professor Michael Zamperini of the Golden Gate School of Law told SF Weekly.