Prop Legal Limbo

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 9:36am

Appeals court puts California same-sex marriages on hold.

Just days after a trial court judge cleared the way for same sex-couples to wed, gay marriages in California are once again on hold until at least December.

A federal appeals court on Monday blocked the unions, which were set to begin on Wednesday, while it considers more arguments.

Wedding plans were interrupted for scores of gay couples.

The court's decision follows a lower court ruling earlier this month that said the marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Challengers of the marriage ban say they won't appeal the stay since the court agreed to fast-track the case.

"Really, what we are looking for is an expedited trial schedule and we got that," plaintiff Jeff Zarrillo said after the ruling.

His partner, Paul Katami, says they're optimistic.

"We have good momentum right now so we're feeling pretty good."

Supporters of Proposition 8 welcome the stay.

Their goal is to uphold the gay marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008.

"On appeal we're going to be looking at not just the courts decision but the entire record, including all of the evidence we put into the record about the history and tradition of marriage and the public purposes that it serves," said attorney Andy Pugno.

For gay couples hoping to become part of that marriage tradition, it's an emotional roller coaster.

The Appeals Court will evaluate arguments on both sides and also whether Proposition 8's supporters even have the authority to launch an appeal in the first place.

The U.S. Supreme Court will likely have the final say in the case.

Currently same sex couples can legally wed only in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

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