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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gay Couples Can't Get Married ... Still

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

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There will be no white weddings for gay couples -- at least not yet.

A San Francisco federal court ruled today that same-sex marriages would not be allowed while courts decide whether Proposition 8 -- the state's ban on gay marriage -- is constitutional or not.

It's another blow for same-sex couples who have been fighting for the right to marry since voters passed Prop. 8 in 2008.

Earlier this month, the couples had asked the courts to permit the

weddings while the civil case wends its way through the appeals court.

Today's ruling is a major setback for same-sex couples and their families who must continue living everyday in legal limbo," said Geoff Kors, executive director for Equality California. 

Newly minted Attorney General Kamala Harris had joined forces with the gay community, and filed an argument in the Court of Appeals to lift the order and allow county clerks to start marrying same-sex couples again.

Last year, a federal judge declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional. A decision by the appeals court is expected later this year.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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