Marriages Remain on Hold

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 2:05pm

Appeals court blocks resumption of same-sex marriages in California.

Same-sex marriages in California are on hold after an appeals court blocked the unions while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

The decision trumps a lower court judge's order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday.

Debra Strout and Nevin Garland have been waiting to get married in California for 20 years.

They made plans to marry on Wednesday, Debra's birthday, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals put their wedding on hold again.

For now the wedding necklaces will be put in a safe place while Strout and Garland face another emotional disappointment.

"People can get married in Iowa but we can't get married in California," Debra said. "I feel like a second class citizen."

In December the Ninth Circuit will consider a judges decision declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional, as well as whether or not Prop 8 supporters even have the authority to argue in favor of the marriage ban.

Whatever the comes from that hearing could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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