August 16th, 2010
07:16 PM ET

Court blocks same-sex marriage in California

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has blocked same-sex marriage in California, until it hears broader questions over the constitutionality of such marriages. The brief order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals set aside a federal judge's decision August 4 permitting same-sex marriages to resume.


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Filed under: California • Gay and lesbian • Proposition 8
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  1. jack

    i am so sick of the government, and outsiders controling my and my partners life! we have been together for 14 years, and were so happy last week when we found out we could get legally married. now breaking news says it's being postponed! the government and people of californai have bigger fish to fry than to stick their noses in my business. this state is bankrupt, we are overrun with illegals, and no matter who wins the governor race in noverber, we're all screwed!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mat

      Ask for the same rights but have state unions be civil and allow the TRADITION of marriage to be between man and woman. No problem with you having the same rights, but marriage is sacred to us. We dont like people blasting our beliefs anymore than people may like others doing the same for their lifestyle. JUST CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. Nobody would go against it.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Mat, I think the point is the gay community should not have to call it something else if they don't want to. Obviously you are a total bigot. Why is your way the right way? Stop trying to push your beliefs on the rest of the country.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      @Mat- isn't marriage sacred to gay people? If gay people want to be considered, let them. Who are we judge!?

      August 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      Well, Mat, I'm straight, with a wife and 3 kids (and one more on the way), and I don't see a single reason to call it something different. Not one.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arick

      Aren't you trying to push your ideas on the rest of the country as well?

      Just playing devil's advocate here.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda


      The only flaw in your argument is that you assume "marriage" is inherently religious, which it isn't. "Marriage" is a legal term. The religious ceremony you choose to perform in celebration of marriage is what is sacred to you. So don't act like you (or any religious group) owns the word marriage or the right to practice it.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Seriously??? 14 years and you did not jump on this back in 2008 while it was legal? We ran to get married the minute we could....after 8 years, we knew.

      Because you can never trust large numbers of stupid people...which is why Prop 8 passed.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky

      "d people of californai have bigger fish to fry than to stick their noses in my business"

      Does this mean I can now smoke in public, you moron!

      August 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin D

      Mat – What is tradition? Are you claiming that marriage is your tradition? What about jewish marriage? Bhuddist marriages? Indian marriages, Christian ones, and marriages in ancient Grecco-Roman times? Are you saying that this is your tradition? If so...which one? A tradition is something that is communicated within cultures in a continuation. Marriage in general is the furthest thing from tradition. Each and every marriage is different and across cultures, the same word has so many meanings it's nearly meaningless. Let gay men and lesbians get married...and start their OWN traditions.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Hang in there Jack. I may be straight but I sure as heck believe in your civil rights. The world will come around once everyone stops letting their favorite sky fairy control their life.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      How could you possibly say and believe marriage is such a sacred thing. Have you seen the divorce rate recently? If it's so "sacred" then how come those who are straight can get married and divorced as many times as they please in a life time??? You want to force people like me "gays" to have an entirely different name for marriage? Your absolutely ridiculous and close minded. Why don't you open your eyes to the world. Before you know it, with people like you in the world we'll be back to making people wear a star on their sleeve, use different bathrooms, or even ride in the back of the bus. Get a grip! It's 2010 don't you think that equal right should really mean equal rights?

      August 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Move to Afghanistan and hibernate there...
      Hairy men rubbing on Hairy men-NASTY AND NOT NATURAL....

      August 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BS in California

    To: NotPoliticallyCorrect

    You are not politically correct, and worse . . . you are ignorant. Something I doubt you will ever realize or realize in your brief life time.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mathieu

    What a shame!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sven

    At the "Wow! CAN WE NOT KEEP OVER RULING PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA?". Wel Tyler, if we wouldnt do it, we would still have slavery today, you FOOL!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Just2Reason

    Somewhat of a surprise coming from the Ninth Circuit. I wonder if they'll say California can define what "marriage" is, but they can't stop "civil unions," where the couple has the same rights as married people. That's what I'm in favor of. Lets not change the definition of marriage. BTW – the Ninth Circuit is the most liberal appellate court – and thus my favorite.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Allowing gay people to marry doesn't change the definition of marriage. ::the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of two people to live as a married couple, including the accompanying social festivities::


      August 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      They are just being cautious and prudent. It's a big case and the decision they make will be reviewed by SCOTUS so it needs to be well-reasoned. Boies and Olson's argument is solid. The 9th should see that.

      If the opponents would just read the decision (I know it is long) they would see very clear and straightforward reasoning. Walker isn't a radical in any way, he's a judge.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    I over turned a rock in the yard today.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kanon

      American politics is hilarious. Can't make up their minds!

      August 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotPoliticallyCorrect

      Was there a gay under it?

      August 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sheetiron

    Yay, a Judge who actually believes that our justice, and legislative system has a purpose.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James V.

    Why can't they freakin' just leave people well enough alone? Keep your bibles and "morality" (whatever the hell that is for you today) to yourselves already won't ya? If these people want to spend a life happily together let them. This whole argument is an grand example of jacka$$ery. Congratulations on that.

    It seems clear that the opponents of this can't even get their so-called "normal marriage" right. So they seem like the LAST people to go to for advice on who should and should not get married.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonmore

      A BIG OOOUUUUCCCHHH!!!! Take that moral peeps!

      August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Hallelujah, sanity is back in the driver's seat.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mat

    YES!!!!!!!!! We do have a say!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyTheGameIventor

      As of this moment, yes, you do have a say. Why do you believe that you deserve one?

      August 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amy

    Some people's weeks were just ruined. All of the marriages that occurred in 2008 were not invalidated by Prop. 8, and I can't imagine any marriages thereafter would be invalidated if Walker's ruling were overturned–but I don't know, so please correct me if I'm wrong on that last clause. Possible personal opinion aside, why would a judge rule to reinstate the stay?

    Such a bummer.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArrKay

      So that future marriages don't end up in limbo because they've been invalidated again, I imagine. If prop 8 were to be upheld in the long run, people who'd gotten married during the time where it was struck down could lose their marriages, maybe?

      August 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. johnnyb52

    Equality IS marriage between a man and woman, that is equal and has been since the beginning of time. Men marrying men, woman marrying woman that is unequal and goes against nature and has been against nature sinec the beginning of time. If allowed WHERE is the end? Men marrying pre-teens girls and boys, animals...that's what happened in nations that allowed it in the past overtime. I know that thought is disgusting...that is the point.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Cotreau

      your math needs some checking.... because I see a ton of errors in that equation.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Humans have been a mate-for-life type of species since the beginning of time? HA!

      August 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Is that why so many people cheat and end up divorcing one another?

      August 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      I was responding to someone who posted something about Marriage being about mating for life, but for some reason it ended in the wrong place.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyb52

      We are talking about MARRIAGE, Do duh day

      August 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Johnnyb52, I think you need to read Judge Walker's Prop 8 original ruling before making statements such as the one you just made. Go read it, and then come back so you can speak intelligently on the issue. Thank you.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      It's interesting that you use "nature" in your argument... in a state of nature "man" in completely and totally free. Marriage is a social contract invented by "man". So, by definition marriage is about as unnatural as it gets. While I understand your argument, and your point of view, it's a little shaky.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      I don't know, if you believe in the Bible, the amount of polygamy among otherwise 'holy' people....

      For example, if your brother dies, leaving his wife a widow, you are responsible for making her your wife too and impregnating her, nominally with your brother's child. Fun times.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      If we look at nature – that's probably something you do not want to base your arguments on. I grew up on a farm, and whether you like it or not – there were gay animals. We had bucks that were not interested in the does, jacks (donkeys), a dog, cats. So to me – nature shows it perfectly acceptable.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Amy

    And bigots once again may feel some sort of victory.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Serum

      Since when has defending the Truth become bigotry?

      August 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pravda

    YES! Wow, saner heads prevail. Time to put a stop to this thing.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • CLAIR23


      August 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imabadman

      Fa66ots will burn. Nothing we can do about it. Free will, right? You are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul. You want to burn in the big gay crock pot down there, be my guest! It's an abomination, the gay marriaget thing. It will never pass. So get yourself a boyfriend and stop begging for attention that wasn't given to you as a child.

      August 27, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. kazz


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