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Ninth Circuit slaps stay on release of Prop 8 trial videos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The never-ending legal fight over anything associated with Proposition 8 took yet another twist today when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay to halt the release of the trial videotapes.

It is yet another stall tactic by the opponents of marriage equality to keep the Proposition 8 issue ties up in legal bondage for as long as possible to keep California's gays and lesbians from marrying.

The Yes on 8 crowd had already vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if the Ninth Circuit did not grant their stay. The bullying tactic appeared to work as the three-judge panel of Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Hawkins and N.R. Smith granted the stay.

On Sept. 19, Chief District Judge James Ware had temporarily unsealed the Prop 8 videotapes, and the anti-gay group immediately vowed to appeal his decision.

The appeals court set Nov. 14 for principal briefs to be filed and Nov. 28 for reply briefs to be due. Oral arguments before the appeals panel will be set for the week of Dec. 5.

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