The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, notorious for it's liberal, judicial activism stepped in today to block rogue Judge Walker's decision to legalize gay marriage in California until they can review the case in December. The federal appeals court's actions echos the actions earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to overrule Judge Walker's order that traditional marriage activists release their internal memos. Judge Walker claimed he was looking for evidence of anti-gay bias in the campaign, but the highest court (along with gay marriage-supporting the ACLU) found that his order (which he did also not give to pro-gay groups) violated privacy and free speech rights and was merely a tactic to scare away the defense's expert witnesses.
A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.
The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps a lower court judge's order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker decided last week to allow gay marriages to go forward after ruling that the ban, known as Proposition 8, violated equal protection and due process rights of gays and lesbians guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
The Proposition 8 legal team quickly appealed Walker's ruling in a case that many believe will end up before the Supreme Court.