There will be no same-sex weddings in California this week.
Late Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals grant an extended stay of Judge Vaughn Walker's order. The three-judge panel blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed same-sex marriages to begin this Wednesday.
"Appellants’ motion for a stay of the district court’s order of Aug. 4, 2010 pending appeal is GRANTED," the docket read.
Walker ruled last week to allow gay marriages to continue starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday after he ruled the voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
Supporters of the measure quickly appealed the judge's decision and they were making the final arguments as late as Monday.
In Monday's ruling lawyers on both sides were given a time line to file briefs that stretch from mid-September to early November.
The ruling will block gay marriages until at least early November, when the final brief is due. The court also set a timeline that calls for a hearing on the case the week of Dec. 6.
In a statement released following the ruling, plaintiffs in the case said they are "gratified" by the expedited hearing schedule despite the fact that same-sex couples won't yet be able to marry. "As Chief Judge Walker found, Proposition 8 harms gay and lesbian citizens each day it remains on the books," Attorney Theodore Olson said. "We look forward to moving to the next stage of this case."
This case stems from a federal lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who claim Proposition 8 violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution.
On Aug. 4, Walker overturned Proposition 8, issuing a 136-page ruling in which he found that the initiative violated the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal treatment
- August 16 document that grants stay
- August 12 plaintiffs opposition to stay
- August 12 motion for stay
- Other documents