Friday, 13 August 2010

MaltaToday: California gay marriage may resume next week


A couple is ecstatic as a federal judge lifts up a ban on gay marriages

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ordered to allow gay marriage to take effect next Wednesday, American time, whilst his ruling which overturned a ban on same-sex matrimony is appealed.

Walker said that up until next Wednesday gives enough time to the appeals court to determine whether the voter-approved ban, known as Proposition 8, should be left as it is whilst judges weigh the benefits of the overall case.

Whilst San Francisco City Hall’s steps were lined with gay couples hoping for a green light from Walker to wed, opponents including many religious conservatives, see same-sex marriage as a threat to the traditional family.

Late yesterday, defenders of Proposition 8 filed papers asking the appeals court to block same-sex marriages for the duration of the broader appeal. It is expected that this case will eventually be appealed up to the US Supreme Court, thus giving the battle a national importance.

Currently, only five US states allow same-sex marriages: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire.

In 2008, Proposition 8, also known as the California Marriage Protection Act, provided a new provision to the act which states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised in California.”

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