California Judge Holds Off On Making a Decision About Same-Sex Marriage

Same sex couples will have to wait a little longer to get married in California.

A federal judge held off on making a decision.

Couples that were hoping to tie the knot today were disappointed.

"We've watched so many straight people walk in and get married in front of us,” says one California resident, “we've been told to clear the line while the straight people get their marriage licenses in front of us."

Last week Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California's ban against same sex marriage was unconstitutional, but on Thursday he decided to not to lift the ban until a higher court to rules on the case next week.

If the ban had been lifted city officials planned a major celebration that would have included the nuptials of 300 couples. All of those plans were put on hold.

In 2008 California allowed same sex couples to marry, but voters overturned that decision months later, approving Proposition 8, which said the state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

Last week, same sex couples celebrated when Judge Walker struck down Proposition 8, but this legal fight could continue for some time.

"That will be just the first step in a continuing appellate process both on the merits of the judge's decision and more immediately on whether or not the stay should be lifted or not," says Professor James Cohen, Fordham School of Law.

The U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately decide the case, and that could take up to three years.


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