Judge Keeps Gay Marriages on Hold in California
He gives opponents one week to appeal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2010 2:51 PM CDT
Billy Bradford of Castro Valley, Calif., waves a pair of flags outside City Hall in San Francisco Thursday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – A federal judge has ruled that gay marriages in California should remain on hold until at least Aug. 18. Judge Vaughn Walker today set the deadline to give gay marriage opponents time to appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. If the appeals court fails to act by 5pm local time next Wednesday, then gay marriages can go forward.

Walker struck down the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban last week in a case many believe is destined for the Supreme Court. But he moved to suspend gay weddings until he could consider arguments from both sides on whether the marriages should be allowed during an appeal of his ruling. Dozens of gay couples gathered outside City Hall in San Francisco awaiting the judge's ruling.