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CA Same-Sex Marriages Delayed As Appeals Ct Reviews

Couples in San Francisco reacted on Aug. 12, 2010  to what was at the time a one-week delay in legal same-sex marriages but which on Monday was extended at least four months. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Just as opponents of California's gay-marriage ban had feared and its supporters hoped, same-sex marriages won't start on Wednesday; a federal appeals court said Monday it would take up the issue.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has placed such marriages effectively on hold until December at the earliest. It set a hearing for the week of December 6.

As NPR's Mandalit del Barco reported for the network's radio newscast:

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco put same-sex weddings in California on hold for at least four months.

The decision trumps last week's decision by a U.S. district court judge, who ruled that a voter-approved ban on same-sex weddings is unconstitutioanal, violating the equal protection and due process (rights) of gays and lesbians.

Supporters of the ban, known as Proposition 8, appealed the ruling in a case that many think could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The latest ruling is a setback for many same sex couples...

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