On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has placed an indefinite hold on Gay Marriages. The three judge panel agree with the Supporters of Proposition 8 which states that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Two weeks ago US Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional. Judge Walker said the law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
The Court also announce December 6th that a second 3 judge panel will decide on the appeal of constitutionality of Proposition 8.
Supporters of Prop. 8 hailed the ruling of the 9 circuit court.
“California voters spoke clearly on Prop. 8, and we’re glad to see their votes will remain valid while the legal challenges work their way up through the courts,” said Andy Pugno, general counsel for ProtectMarriage.
“Invalidating the people’s vote based on just one judge’s opinion would not have been appropriate and would have shaken the people’s confidence in our elections and the right to vote itself.”
Opponents of Pro.8 were disappointed with the Court of Appeal block the Federal Court ruling.
“While today’s 9th Circuit Court ruling is a disappointment for many of us who agree with Judge Walker’s decision that marriage discrimination is unconstitutional, I am heartened by the court’s decision to resolve the appeal on an expedited schedule,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Theodore Boutrous Jr., an attorney challenging Prop. 8 was upset with court stay saying the team of lawyers are”…very cognizant of the desire of so many people to get married” and had “strongly opposed”judicial block.
“But we think at this point the best thing is for us to focus on the merits of the case in the 9th Circuit and of getting a victory as quickly as possible,” Boutrous said. “We are ready to go.”