Schwarzenegger supports judge's decision on gay marriages (2)

08:48, August 13, 2010      

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In Thursday's ruling, Walker said he would not impose a permanent stay on his ruling, but he gave the supporters one week to take their case to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which could still feasibly prevent Walker's ruling from taking effect.

The fight over Proposition 8 is expected to eventually end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling was hailed as a victory by same-sex couples and opponents of Proposition 8.

"Today's ruling means that in less than one week, equality under the law will be restored for millions of loving families across California," said Rick Jacobs, founder and chairman of the Courage Campaign. "Lifting the stay is ultimately consistent with both legal precedent and the findings in this case."

"Specifically, that every American has a civil right to marriage, and that by depriving millions of families this right, Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Judge Walker's ruling affirms that the purpose of our judicial system is to protect our constitutional rights, not to take away those rights."

But Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, blasted Walker's decision.

"Californians and Americans are waking up to the awful realization that the written Constitution may have no authority, oaths of office might be meaningless, and our republic is severely threatened by tyrannical judges and politicians," Thomasson said.

Source: Xinhua

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