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. RM

    Why gays are better them muslims whos religion allows having multiple wives? Or if it's not about having children why brother and sister can't marry?

    If we are talking about truly free marriage, why can't we allow a union between more than 2 people? Between brother and sister? Between mother and son? Or if we never get it truly equal for everyone, maybe we should just drop any special privileges for married people and treat everyone equally regardless of they marital status and then any one can call their union with any term they like and noone would care?

    August 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      STOP grouping gays and lesbians in with polygamists. First of all, we're not Mormans–that's the religion that everyone is trying to uphold marriage between a man and a woman–so then they can change the law to between a man and several women.

      All gay people want is to be treated equally. We pay equal taxes, we should be treated equally. I see that you have 2 choices, 1) stop taxing us since we aren't equal, or 2) continue taxing us equally and give us equal rights including the stated-owned and coined phrase marriage.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. JD in SFLA

    to jonnyb52, are you commenting that you made an excellent point, each time, if you makes you feel better, continue on....

    August 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sonmore

    No need to despair or feel jubilant yet as the issue is bound to be decided by the supreme court itself (remember segregation, voters rights and RoeVsWade – to mention a few?). I guess the argument comes down to: Will a majority be permitted to decide what basic rights can be practiced by a minority. If marriage is a right, why should this only be applicable to some and not to all? On what or whose morals give any person the right to call this a perversion? Please do not bring up the antiquated, self annointing engineered scriptures as they have no place in a civilized argument.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Truth Serum

    What a shameless society we live in. We have made a mockery of the once sacred sacrament of marriage, a union between a man and women united in one with Christ. God have mercy on us.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raytheist

      hahahaha "What a shameless society we live in. We have made a mockery of the once sacred sacrament of marriage, a union between a man and women united in one with Christ. God have mercy on us." puh-leeeeeeze. Do you really believe a Jewish marriage unites two people as one with Christ? What about Pagan Hand-fastings? Are they also joined in Christ? Or how about atheists who get married - no god required at all, yet they are just as married by law as anyone else.

      August 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rocky

    Duplicate Comment: Keep it in the closet!!! I am sick and tired of our kids having to see this in public, on television etc....
    I could care less what you do in private, keep it away from my kids, just like most of you want me to keep my smoking away from you. .

    August 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Edward

    How can state law supersede federal?

    August 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ChadC

    One day religion itself will die, along with bigotry and racism. Everything that has a beginning has an end. It's too bad I won't see such a thing in my lifetime. I do think Religion needs to die. I agree with a previous poster, too. This will be a non-issue 5 or 10 years from now and it will die just as the black/white issue is dead. Yeah, we still have racist pigs in this country, but you'll never see a vote on anything that segregates black, white, yellow, or red people.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arvid K

    Let them "Marry".
    Let them do what ever they like!
    But in my mind they are still preverted.
    What ever they call it that will not change.
    Will not affect my marriage of 49 years.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ChadC


    Why are you hiding? It's scary to me when people start quoting the bible like it came from some supernatural being. That's what's truly scary in this world. We're living in a world full of delusional people who actually believe words purported to have been written by some supernatural force. "Trust in God and Bible" is a horrifying thing to teach anyone.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rocky

    Smoking is not good for the people around you, but it is o.k. for you to lip suck in front of my child?

    August 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bird

      Sounds like you're trying to shelter your kids too much... What are they gonna do when they grow up with narrow minds and see a gay couple? Go cry to mommy and daddy that they are not human just because of being different? Stop being so closed-minded and open your eyes.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. ted

    This is not about gay equality, but about their social status and benefits.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      It's very much about Equality, you just don't have any respect for the GLBT community.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ian

    Well said Reducindo–this is the civil rights issue of the current era.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mario

    Shame on anyone who supports Prop. 8

    August 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SCOTO

    Oh for goodness sake make a darn decision and lets get it over with. This is absurd. No wonder we cant get anything done in this country any longer. Does anybody really believe this over-complicated unweildy system is better than the Parliamentary system it replaced? At both state and Federal level its a bloody mess.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Austin Han

    I find it ironic that people like Bristol Palin and Britney Spears flip flop on their marriage commitments more than John Kerry's 2004 campaign, yet all my gay friends have been in healthy relationships for 5-10 years. I don't know who thinks marriage is more sacred, the people who want to get married, or the people who CAN get married. I'm straight, but i'm just pointing the obvious......

    August 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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