WTF. Today, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals court, consisting of a three judge panel, ruled that California’s ban on gay marriage (which was set to be lifted later this week) will remain in place (reversing the previous judges order) until judges consider whether it is constitutional. Previously, U.S. District Judge Vaught Walker ruled that Prop 8 was in fact unconstitutional discrimination, and had ordered it be lifted on this coming Wednesday, Aug. 18th. Now a bunch of weddings scheduled for Wednesday, many of which were happening at 5:00pm when the ban was supposed to be lifted, are going to have to wait until this BS gets cleared up again.
According to the Associated Press, “Supporters argued the ban was necessary to safeguard the traditional understanding of marriage and to encourage responsible childbearing. Opponents said that tradition or fears of harm to heterosexual unions were legally insufficient grounds to discriminate against gay couples.”
Right now in the United States, you can still only legally get married in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.