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. itscalledbasalt

    normal marriage as they like to call it has changed numerous times: you had to be white, or you had to own land, you could have multiple wives.....etc etc

    seeing as the definition of normal marriage they say is being destroyed doesnt exactly exist, they need to let it go and let them marry

    "everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others" doesnt make much sense, so stop trying to ruin other peoples happiness.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kristine

    I think it's sad that people find joy in taking other people's civil and human rights away. If we all voted for slavery again, would that make it right too?

    August 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, ******THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL,****** that they are ******ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS,****** that among these are life, ******LIBERTY****** and the ******PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.************

    The obnoxious emphases are mine.

    The obnoxious trampling on the civil rights of millions of Americans was the judge’s.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raytheist

      What?? How did the rights of ANYone get "trampled" by the Judge's ruling? There is no "right" to vote away the fundamental rights of others.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John N Florida

    All men are created equal – unless they want to marry another man!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerome

    And Back... and Forth... and Back... and Forth. At least I'm glad it is getting so much attention. Apathy is always the enemy of civil rights.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pokie

    Three Cheers for the COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linda

    Joe, thank you, yes, I fully understand and agree, it's about the financial and legal aspect - that's why I think that all couples, including straight or gay, who want to be "married" by whatever definition, should have to do a national-level "civil union", and then if their religion calls for a religious "marriage" ceremony, then they can do that separately if they want to. What happens when a gay couple is married in one state, then moves to another where that isn't recognized? A mess, right? With our mobile society, we need a national-level civil union. I'm straight, but I fully believe in gay rights.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Linda, I'm with you. I too am straight, and I too believe in gay rights. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right? Marry a kangaroo if you want. Why should I care how another person defines their own happiness, and what right do I have to define it for them? This isn't going to be settled until it reaches the Supreme Court. And even then, one side isn't going to be happy. But they'll be stuck with it just like the pro-lifers are stuck with Roe V Wade.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You guys are somewhat missing the point though. The marriage certificate is granted by the state. Hence, marriage is a term coined by the state. Therefore, the church has nothing to do with marriage–the church only gets involved if asked to perform a ceremony. You can still get married by the state–a Justice of the Peace for example–it's about that marriage certificate (paper) that makes it legal.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pokie

    Nobody is happy at the chocolate factory or at the carpet munch!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. InPslmSprings

    Another struggle for Gay Americans. Look at Canada,Mexico, Agentina, S. Africa, England, Belgium, Spain, Netherland...etc. Gay people have gotten marriage and the countries are still well and alive. They haven't seen the case of people getting divorced becuase they can't perform in beds because of Gays get Marriage.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kat

    I may not be entirely sure what my orientation is,I could go one way,but i'm leaning towards the other. This is a serious civil rights issue and its not fair to people who live in a country where people can supposedly make their own choices. I'm so disappointed in our govt officials.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oklahoma29

      The people did make their choice. The people of California banned gay marriages. How quickly people forget the voting process.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crymore

    Hooray for Bigotry!!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AnneSD

    For all those that insist marriage needs to be only between a man and a woman because we want to protect procreation, I will believe you when you agree that divorce should be disallowed for couples with minor children and marriage should only be allowed for adults able and willing to have children. And for any couple that doesn't have children within, say, 5 years of marriage, their marriage should be considered null and void because they were either unable or unwilling to procreate, so we should not protect their union with all of the benefits of marriage.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. christy

    Equality should be the verdict!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amunaka

    When the term Civil Unions for gays was discussed back some years ago was the religious right that screamed from every pulpit that Civil Unions = Gay Marriage ..there's no separating the two now...

    August 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CalGuy

    So many hateful and Ignorant people in America. Too much freedom but not free to choose. You can choose to attack other countries and start the war, but two people loving each other cannot choose to marry his/her love one and cannot benefit as the same as others in society from the government. Sad and shameful

    August 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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