Prop 8 Supporters Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

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Supporters of the voter-approved measure that ended same-sex marriage in California have filed an appeal against a recent ruling that would overturn the gay marriage ban.

Prop 8 was put in place to define marriage in California as only between one man and one woman. A three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Feb. 7 that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

The Protect Marriage Coalition, which sponsored Prop 8, said Tuesday that attorneys will file an appeal asking the federal appeals court to reconsider the panel's decision.

"Generally speaking, we think the 9th Circuit as a whole deserves the chance to basically fix this because the decision is such an outlier, it's really not representative of what the 9th Circuit's thinking on this issue has been,'' Protect Marriage legal counsel Andy Pugno said.

"There is just no way the entire 9th Circuit would sign off on a decision like this," he added.

The appeal will put gay marriage in California on hold at least until the court decides whether to hear the case.

If the case is denied, Prop 8 supporters are expected to pursue a Supreme Court ruling.

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