Southern California — this just in
August 16, 2010 | 3:58 pm

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday agreed to keep same-sex marriages on hold until at least December.

In a brief order, a three-judge panel agreed to an expedited review of U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s Aug. 4 ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as a violation of the federal Constitution.

The panel agreed to hold a hearing on the case during the week of Dec. 6 and ordered both sides to present arguments on whether the campaign for Proposition 8 has legal authority to appeal Walker’s order.

Walker had declared Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying it violates gay men’s and lesbians’ rights to equal protection and due process.

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