The Ninth Circuit has denied a request from the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case to lift the stay on Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s decision striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.
What that means in English: Same-sex marriage will not be allowed until the case is resolved.
Currently, the federal case has been detoured to the California Supreme Court, which has been asked by the Ninth Circuit to decide whether proponents of Proposition 8 — the state initiative that banned same-sex marriage — have legal standing to defend the law in lieu of state officeholders, who declined to do so.
The State Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the question of standing for September.
Update 2:03 p.m. Read Scott Shafer’s take at our Proposition 8 blog.