SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) ―
A federal judge in San Francisco has continued his stay of his ruling overturning California’s Prop 8 which banned same-sex marriage, continuing the moratorium on gay and lesbian couples exchanging wedding vows until at least Aug. 18, CBS station KPIX-TV reports.
Same-sex couples lined up outside the clerk’s office at San Francisco City Hall to receive marriage certificates as soon as the decision was announced.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his decision Thursday on requests to impose a stay that would keep Proposition 8 in effect while its sponsors appeal his decision.
California voters passed the ban in November 2008, five months after the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
Walker last week struck it down as an unconstitutional violation of gay Californians’ civil rights.