A US judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has ruled that gay weddings could resume there next week if an appeals court fails to intervene before.
Judge Vaughn Walker cancelled the ban last week, declaring it unconstitutional
Opponents now have until August 18 to appeal his latest decision.
If they fail to win that appeal then gay marriages will be allowed to resume.
Critics of gay marriage have slammed what they call Walker’s “judicial activism”.
Californians voted in November 2008 to outlaw gay marriage, five months after an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples had already tied the knot.
Many observers believe that the case is destined for the US Supreme Court.