Newsflash: Same-Gender Marriages On Hold

Sad news today: Same-gender marriages in California will not resume this week, as had looked likely. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to keep same-gender marriages on hold until December, even though gay couples were already lined up outside California clerk’s offices waiting for the ban to lift.

The three judges on the court will conduct a hearing the week of December 6 to decide if U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s (resoundingly feminist!) ruling to overturn Proposition 8 was constitutional.

So the plot in what Audrey Bilger calls a Gothic novel of a legal saga thickens. Same-gender marriages are not likely to resume until the case reaches the appeals court, or even the U.S. Supreme court.

Stay tuned for the next chapter: Will the villains,, have the legal standing to continue to defend Prop 8?

Left: A child’s poster after New York decided not to allow gay marriage. Photo courtesy of Flickr user srbyug // CC 2.0.


  1. Sometimes I get so frustrated that with all the issues going on, such as the gulf situation, the Muslim situation with ground zero, our economy is horrible, unemployment @ 10%, Obamacare, a bankrupt social security system, natural disasters here & abroad and all the coverage this gay marriage thing is getting! Why are you suprised that it gets overturned?, then gets overturned again by another court, then appeals, and so forth, like watching a tennis match. This will be a constant court battle, always & forever. This group wants it, the other does not.

  2. I think you mean same-sex, gender isn't the same thing.

  3. heatheraurelia13 says:

    This is very sad news. I am glad that Vaughn Walker decided it was unconsitutional, well, because it is. Why are they even bothering to wait? This is what America is about-freedom.

  4. @melissa just because there are other horrible things going on in the world does not mean this is not any less horrible. The battle of same-sex marriage deserves all the attention it is getting. It is a horrible injustice not to allow two consenting human adults to get married if they want to. Was the battle to allow interracial marriage worth fighting for? Of course it was. And so is this.

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