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Same-Sex Marriage Put on Hold Again in California

By: CBS
By: CBS

Same-sex marriages in California are in limbo again following a federal court ruling Monday.

Same-sex couples in California won't be able to walk down the aisle anytime soon.

"As soon as the news came out I was like ugh, we're waiting again," said Jess Gabbert of San Francisco.

A federal appeals court Monday blocked the unions until it rules on Proposition 8 - the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter-approved ban earlier this month. And just last week, he issued a ruling that would've allowed gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot beginning Wednesday.

"Of course I'm upset,” said Jean Georgiana of West Hollywood. “I didn't know. I mean I was waiting for Wednesday at 12:00."

The appeals court has promised to expedite the case with opening arguments set for December, but many believe the issue will eventually be decided at the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I think it's good for everybody to get this resolved as soon as possible," said Andy Pungo, general council for ProtectMarriage.com.

Pugno says he's happy with the court's decision.

"Even though it's not the final word yet,” he said. “We still have appeals to go through, but for the time being the vote of the people has been upheld."

As for those couples whose wedding plans are now on hold indefinitely, they refuse to give up.

"I know ultimately we're gonna get full civil rights, and marriage equality will come to California," said Thea Lavin of San Francisco.

A ruling isn't expected before next year.


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