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Same-Sex Marriage Ban May be Lifted in California

By: CBS
By: CBS

Same-sex marriages could resume in California as early as Thursday. All they're waiting on is word from the judge who over-turned the voter-approved ban.

This could be the day Eric Ross and his partner get to say "I do".

Judge Vaughn Walker is expected to announce Thursday whether same-sex marriages in California can resume immediately, or if couples will have to wait for a federal appeals court ruling.

Last week, he struck down the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage known as Proposition 8, calling it unconstitutional. But Walker issued a temporary stay on the ruling while he heard arguments from both sides.

"If the stay is lifted [Thursday], we want to make sure we can get in and get married in case another stay gets put back on or it gets reversed,” said Ross.

Currently same sex couples can legally marry in five states and Washington, D.C. But the ninth circuit court, where the case will be heard next, could make it legal in many more states.

That's the last thing supporters of the ban want.

Ron Prentice, chairman of ProtectMarriage.com, says he hears from angry Californians every day, upset their vote was reversed by what they call an "activist judge".

"He said moral values should have nothing to do with law,” Prentice said. “Well they always have and they always will."

The case could eventually end up at the U.S. Supreme Court where a decision would impact the entire nation.


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