Gay Couples Await Supreme Court’s Word in California as Judge Orders Proposition 8 Case Closed

Judge James Ware today ordered the Proposition 8 case closed, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reports:

WareThe trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8, the state's amendment limiting marriages to one man and one woman, ordered the case closed today — which would allow same-sex couples to marry in California. The couples, however, will have to wait on the Supreme Court to be able to marry.

A stay of the case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pending the Supreme Court's determination of whether it takes the case means that a "mandate" will not issue allowing Ware's order today to go into effect.

The order comes despite the fact that proponents of Proposition 8 have requested the Supreme Court to review the case because, Judge James Ware wrote today, all requests to stay the judgment in the case have been denied.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights confirms, in a tweet:

Today's court activity in the #Prop8 case is just housekeeping by the court, has nothing to do with judgement taking effect.