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Judge Relays Resumption of Same-Sex Marriages In California

Publication Date: 
August 12, 2010
The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Peter Hecht

Professor Pamela Karlan is quoted in the Sacramento Bee on the 9th circuit panel that will review Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling and the evidence presented in the Proposition 8 trial. David Siders and Peter Hecht report:

Gay couples hoping to marry in California will have to wait until next week - and possibly even longer - after a judge declined Thursday to immediately impose his ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Defenders of the measure quickly began working to obtain a stay from a higher court that would prevent marriages until the courts act on their appeal, a process that could take a year or more.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker declined to issue a permanent stay on his landmark overturning of Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.


Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School, said there are a broad range of judges from whom the panel members will be picked, "some of them probably more inclined to grant a stay than others."