Just days after a lower court gave the green light for gay marriage ceremonies to resume in California, the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco has imposed a stay pending a review of the ruling that overturned Proposition 8.
The ruling, issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, stated that Proposition 8 — a voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriage in the state — violates constitutional equal protection rights. However, it drew ire from socially conservative organizations, which claimed that it undermined the traditional institution of marriage.
As a result, these groups had a reason to celebrate after a string of setbacks at the district-court level.
“Today the 9th Circuit took the first step in doing the right thing for the people of California and the tens of millions across the U.S. who not only believe in true marriage but also in the rule of law,” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council (FRC).
In issuing the latest ruling, the Court of Appeals scheduled a hearing of the arguments from both sides for the week of Dec. 6, according to media reports.