Gay Marriage to Resume Next Week in California

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A federal judge who overturned Proposition 8 in California has ruled that same-sex marriages in the state can resume Aug. 18.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down the voter-approved Proposition 8 that barred gays from marriage, saying it "unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry."

But he suspended gay weddings from resuming until Prop. 8 lawyers had the chance to defend putting a halt to same-sex marriages as the case works its way through the appeals courts.

Thursday's ruling overturned that stay, clearing the way for the marriages to become legal again in California next Wednesday.

Click play for an updated report with CBN News' Lorie Johnson and analysis from Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage.

Even before Walker handed down his latest decision, opponents were preparing their challenge to his initial ruling that overturned the voter-approved amendment barring gay marriage.

"Marriage is a state jurisdiction," Prop 8 supporter Randy Thomasson said. "The voters have said twice now keep marriage for only a man and a woman."

Hours before the final call, same-sex couples were lined up to say "I do" at San Francisco's city hall. Yet in Washington, conservative lawmakers were making the case for a resolution introduced this week that blasts Judge Walker for misconduct.

"I think this is yet one more example of a judge substituting his moral pronouncement under the guise of constitutional law and that's what people are upset about," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said.

Sponsors of the resolution say it affirms that voters from any state have the right to determine and define marriage as the union between one man and one women.

"If this nation doesn't rise up, then we've capitulated to the judges and then it's the tyranny of the courts," Rep. Steve Kind, R-Iowa, said. "It's the American people that need to make this decision."

Gay marriage has been put on the ballot in 31 states and was rejected each time by voters. In addition to California, courts have legalized gay marriage in five other states.

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