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Gay marriage supporters disappointed over judge's decision to postpone weddings

August 12, 2010 |  1:13 pm

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At Kings Road Park in West Hollywood, about a dozen supporters of gay marriage had gathered to await the ruling – hoping to witness a wedding.

As noon approached, they began checking Twitter and Facebook and cheered when several gay rights' organizations tweeted that the stay had been lifted and marriages could resume. With the cameras rolling, West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John Durand, declared, "Come on down! We're back in the wedding business."

But about five minutes later, they became quiet after realizing the stay had been extended – at least through Aug. 18.

"Even though it's only one week, it gives the opposition another week to plan against us," said Robin Tyler, one of the original plaintiffs in the case to overturn the ban on gay marriage. "We went from euphoria to our hopes being dashed again."

-- Esmeralda Bermudez in West Hollywood

Photo: Paul Katami, left, and Jeff Zarillo share a hug with Diane Olson, smiling, and her wife Robin Tyler as they meet to announce their reaction to a federal judge's ruling to stay the order to rescind Proposition 8 for one week. Zarillo and Katami are plaintiffs in the case that challenged the anti-gay marriage law that was overturned recently. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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