A federal appeals court decided Monday to put same-sex marriage in California on hold indefinitely, interrupting the wedding plans of scores of gay couples who were preparing to exchange vows when a temporary hold was set to expire Wednesday.
The brief order by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals prevents an early showdown on the marriage question at the U.S. Supreme Court. Challengers of the marriage ban said they would not appeal Monday’s order.
UPDATE: Law professor William A. Jacobson thinks the granting the stay was the correct decision:
This unquestionably was the correct decision as to a stay. Contrary to the glib arguments that there is no likelihood of success on appeal, the District Court Order is the outlier; that doesn’t mean that the 9th Circuit will overturn it on the merits, but clearly there is a reasonable likelihood of the result being overturned.
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