SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court put same-sex
weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it
considers the constitutionality of the state’s gay marriage
The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, trumped a lower court judge’s order that would
have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to
same-sex couples on Wednesday.
Lawyers for the two gay couples that challenged the ban said Monday
they would not appeal the panel’s decision on the stay to the U.S.
Supreme Court. They said they were satisfied the appeals court had
agreed to expedite its consideration of the Proposition 8 case by
scheduling oral arguments for the week of Dec. 6.