Marriage Equality Clears Another Hurdle In California

Last week, Judge Walker delivered a ruling on Marriage Equality that was deemed a success by the people fighting for this basic human right. But he also delivered a ruling on a temporary stay of implementing the the results of his decision. Today, Judge Walker gave his stay a deadline of July 18th.

A federal judge put gay marriages on hold for at least another six days in California, disappointing dozens of gay couples who lined up outside City Hall hoping to tie the knot Thursday.

Judge Vaughn Walker gave opponents of same-sex weddings until Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. to get a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether gay marriage should resume. Gay marriages could happen at that point or be put off indefinitely depending on how the court rules.

More from the NY Times:

Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown had asked the court to lift the stay. “Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect,” Mr. Schwarzenegger’s lawyers wrote in a brief filed Friday.

When the decision was announced on Thursday, there was euphoria and tears from many of those assembled at San Francisco’s city hall, even as ministers began arriving to perform ceremonies and rainbow flags – long a symbol of gay rights – were being waved. Those ceremonies would be on hold, however, as Judge Walker said he would allow the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – where the case has been appealed -- time to consider the matter.

Still, the mood was ebullient among gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco.

They may be celebrating but they will have to wait another week, at least, before any more Marriage Equality is shared.

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