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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Judge Vaughn Walker May Lift Stay on Prop. 8 Ruling Today; Crowds Gather at City Hall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge What'll it be today, Judge Vaughn Walker?
  • What'll it be today, Judge Vaughn Walker?
A number of would-be same-sex married couples are already gathering at San Francisco's City Hall, anticipating Judge Vaughn Walker may lift the stay on his ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- which would trigger a same-sex marriage bonanza.

A ruling from Walker, one way or the other, is anticipated between 9 a.m. and noon today.

Should Walker lift the stay, same-sex marriage would be legal in this state for an indefinite period of time; a stay would be re-imposed once the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals officially accepts the case.

If the stay is not lifted, however, same-sex marriage will remain on hold for perhaps years to come while the matter is adjudicated.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown, the City and County of San Francisco, and the victorious plaintiffs' lawyers have all filed briefs supporting the stay be lifted -- and same-sex marriage be legalized as soon as possible.

That might come in an hour and a half -- or years from now. Or never.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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