A federal appeals court refused today to let same-sex marriages resume in California while it considers the constitutionality of a 2008 ballot measure that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Today's decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an order preventing legal gay and lesbian unions.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights filed a motion in March with the Ninth Circuit asking the court to lift its stay and allow California’s gay and lesbian couples to marry.
In a statement released today AFER said:
“It is decidedly unjust and unreasonable to expect California’s gay and lesbian couples to put their lives on hold and suffer daily discrimination as second-class citizens while their US District Court victory comes to its final conclusion. It is un-American to deprive gay and lesbian couples of their fundamental constitutional right to marry. These are adults in committed; loving relationships who just want to live their lives without government interference.”
The U.S. District Court now must wait to hear back from the California Supreme Court on the question of whether the proponents have jurisdiction to challenge the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, which has stalled progress on the case. An answer is not expected at least until September.