Judge to Allow Gay Marriage

Courtesy AP/WSJ.com
By Stu Woo, Marie C. Baca, and Tamara Audi

SAN FRANCISCO—The federal judge who struck down the ban on same-sex unions in California said that gays could start marrying Wednesday, unless a higher court steps in.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals could decide that Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved measure that banned gay nuptials in the state, should stay in effect while the measure’s defenders appeal the decision. The case is widely expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court . . . (more)