Prop. 8 Overturned: What Happens Next?

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Midge Detro and Sandy Simmons waited at San Francisco City Hall (Rachel Dornhelm/KQED)

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a ruling lifting the hold on same-sex marriages. The ruling will not take affect until August 18 at 5 p.m., giving Proposition 8 supporters a chance to appeal his decision and continue the hold on same-sex marriages.

Proposition 8 supporters will probably ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue another hold on same-sex marriages. It could, however, take days for the Ninth Circuit to make a decision whether to uphold the stay.

If the Ninth Circuit does not act by August 18 at 5 p.m. then there could be a window where same-sex marriages are once again legal in California. If those marriages do take place, they could later be nullified by a Ninth Circuit Court decision.

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About Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED's Senior Interactive News Producer. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive. Lisa specializes in visual journalism, including photography and data.

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