Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in, it looks like the nation's first gay marriages with state backing will take place on Monday in Massachusetts.

A federal appeals court Friday rejected an effort by conservative groups to stop those marriages from taking place.

The court upheld a ruling from a federal judge who this week refused to issue an emergency injunction.

The foes of gay marriages say the highest state court in Massachusetts overstepped its bounds when it ruled that the marriages were legal.

They say they'll now take their case to the Supreme Court.

Even though it denied the injunction, the federal appeals court today did agree to hear arguments in the case, but not until June. By then, several weeks of legal gay marriages will have taken place.

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