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Judge set to rule whether gay marriages can resume

August 11, 2010 |  6:54 pm

A federal judge will decide Thursday morning whether to extend a hold on his ruling that overturned Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage in California.

U.S. District Court in San Francisco has announced that Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker will issue his decision on a stay in the Proposition 8 case before noon. Walker ruled last week that Proposition 8 violated federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. 

In response to a request by Proposition 8's sponsors, Walker granted a temporary stay of his ruling and permitted all the parties to argue whether he should postpone the effect of his ruling permanently.

-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco