It is confirmed that Judge Vaughn Walker today denied a permanent stay on gay marriage in the state of California. As most of my readers know, the judge declared unconstitutional Proposition 8 - California's ban on gay marriage - stating that it violated both the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the United States Constitution.
The temporary stay is in effect until August 18th - during which time, the pro prop 8 groups can appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. But Walker refused to stay his ruling permanently...
The full text of the Courts order can be found here
From the Los Angeles Times
A federal judge today refused to permanently stay his ruling overturning Proposition 8's ban of gay marriage but extended a temporary hold to give supporters time to appeal the historic ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who overturned the measure on Aug. 4, agreed to give its sponsors until Aug. 18 to appeal his ruling to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. No new marriages can take place until then.
Walker said the sponsors of Proposition 8 do not have legal standing to appeal his order because they were not directly affected by it.