Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted the stay on his Proposition 8 ruling, which deemed a ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.
Walker’s ruling last week was ground breaking, but it still kept the ban on gay marriage intact, until Prop 8 was ruled on by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Walker has now removed the stay, and will allow for gays and lesbians to marry in the state of California.
Walker said that he would lift the stay on August 18th. The LA Times reports that the temporary hold on gay marriage is to allow supporters of Prop 8 time to appeal the ruling.
Walker says that gay marriages can resume on August 18th, unless a higher court ruling blocks them.
Walker made the ruling because he has doubts that Prop 8 will be appealed. Walker said that supporters of prop 8 do not “face the kind of injury” required to have standing to file an appeal.
“The uncertainty surrounding proponents’ standing weighs heavily against the likelihood of their success,” Walker wrote.