Federal judge refuses to issue stay on Prop 8 ruling

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August 12, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

SAN FRANCISCO, California: Federal judge Vaughn Walker refused to issue a stay on a August 4, 2010, ruling that overturned Proposition 8[1].

Under the decision, same-sex marriages in California can resume on August 18, 2010, unless a stay is imposed by a higher court. Attorneys representing Prop 8 supporters are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a temporary stay before the August 18th deadline. An appeal on Judge Walker's ruling was filed on August 5, 2010 in the Ninth Circuit[1].

Over 18,000 same-sex marriages that took place before Prop 8 would be restored under Walker's ruling. The marriages came in response to a May 2008 California Supreme Court ruling that found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The state's highest court affirmed the passage of Proposition 8 in 2009 by citing that voters had the right to amend their constitution[1].

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