Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Thursday that, beginning Wednesday at 5pm, California’s ban on same-sex marriage would no longer be in effect.
In an 11-page order, Walker wrote that Proposition 8 proponents had failed to convince him that the ban should continue while they pursue an appeal to prove its constitutionality.
“An injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8 is in the public’s interest,” Walker wrote. He noted that trial evidence had shown that preventing the marriage of same-sex couples violated their Constitutional rights — while allowing them to marry hurt no one.
Walker ordered that Proposition 8 remain in force for only one more week. This extension is intended to provide the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with an opportunity to review his order before the ban is dissolved.
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