California gay marriage ban stands during appeal

SAN FRANCISCO Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:43pm EDT

Same sex couple Terese Rowe (C) and Kristin Orbin wait to receive a marriage license application prior to a judge lifting the Proposition 8 stay on same sex marriages at City Hall in San Francisco, California August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Same sex couple Terese Rowe (C) and Kristin Orbin wait to receive a marriage license application prior to a judge lifting the Proposition 8 stay on same sex marriages at City Hall in San Francisco, California August 12, 2010.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday left in place a ban on gay marriage in California, denying requests to allow same-sex weddings during a lengthy appeals process.

A federal district court judge last year struck down the ban on the basis that it violated the U.S. constitution, but his decision is on hold pending the appeal.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is waiting for California's supreme court to issue guidance on whether a group supporting the ban had the right to make the appeal.

California's decision will add a year or so to the federal appeal process.

(Reporting by Dan Levine and Peter Henderson, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (9)
DrJJJJ wrote:
What’s next poligamy and child porn-freedom?

Mar 23, 2011 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mpower830 wrote:
I guess always finding one group of people to antagonize and deny rights to is as American as Apple pie! One day we will probably look back on this with the same amount of shame as old video clips of the black southerners getting sprayed with fire hoses…

Mar 23, 2011 4:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ROWnine wrote:
Marriage is a sacrament and gay behavior is a sin. Loving the sinner and hating the sin does not involve portraying the sin as a social good. The act is an abomination to GOD.

Mar 23, 2011 5:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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