Prop 8 Judge to Issue Ruling Thursday on Starting Same-Sex Weddings Again

Judge Vaughn Walker’s staff says he’ll issue a ruling on Thursday morning on whether same-sex nuptials can begin again in the wake of his ruling last week striking down Proposition 8.

Walker had issued an immediate stay in the case to give him time to decide whether to put marriages on hold pending an appeal of the case.

If he decides to lift the stay, gay ceremonies could be performed again. But proponents of Prop 8 say that they would appeal any such order to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or even the Supreme Court.

The official defendants in the case, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, each say that Walker should allow the weddings to start again. Schwarzengger and Brown had taken a neutral position in the federal case, as they both opposed Prop 8, leaving it to the initiative’s original backers to intervene as defendants in the suit.

Update: In West Hollywood, city officials are getting ready to perform ceremonies at Kings Road Park, reports Karen Ocamb.

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