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Same-sex marriages are on hold in California as an appeal is filed

The backers of California's same-sex marriage ban petitioned a federal appeals court Tuesday to review a split decision by three of its judges that struck down the voter-approved law known as Proposition 8.

Andy Pugno, legal counsel for the Protect Marriage Coalition, said the backers appealed to a bigger 9th Circuit panel instead of going directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The move means that same-sex marriages will remain on hold in California at least until the 9th Circuit decides to accept or reject the rehearing petition.