Prop. 8 Judge Set to Rule on California Gay Marriages

CA Battle over gay marriage between voters and court continues


SAN FRANCISCO — The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban will rule Thursday on whether gay marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court’s input.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said he would issue his decision by noon on requests to impose a stay that would keep Proposition 8 in effect while its sponsors appeal his decision.

California voters passed the ban in November 2008, five months after the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

Walker last week struck it down as an unconstitutional violation of gay Californians’ civil rights.

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