Monday, August 16, 2010
California Gay Marriage on Hold as Case Is Appealed - NYTimes.com
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel on Monday ruled that same-sex couples could not marry in California while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.
But the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel set a relatively aggressive schedule for hearing the case, ordering lawyers to produce a series of briefs between Sept 17 and November 1.
The Monday decision by the appellate panel reverses a ruling last week by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, who had said marriages could resume while higher courts considered the matter.
The appeals court also is weighing Walker's main decision that struck down California's voter-approved ban.
(Reporting by Peter Henderson, Editing by Stacey Joyce)