California Decision Overturning Gay Marriage Ban Is Stayed

08.05.10 | FL News Team

(San Francisco, CA)  --   A federal court ruling announced in San Francisco yesterday gives same-sex couples the right to marry, but will not be enforced immediately.  U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a stay of his decision which found California's Proposition 8 violates due process and equal protection rights provided under the U.S. Constitution.  The temporary stay will be in effect until Friday to give supporters of the anti-gay-marriage law time to file appeals and motions for a longer stay.

The "Los Angeles Times" reports officials in West Hollywood and Los Angeles County are examining the court's ruling before making a decision about issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  It's expected that case will ultimately make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court after a lengthy appellate process.