The federal judge who overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage ended his ruling by saying the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians are being violated every day that Proposition 8 remains in effect. But the ruling won’t necessarily reopen county clerks’ offices to same-sex couples anytime soon. In fact, some legal analysts said Thursday, the law that the judge struck down, allowing only opposite-sex couples to wed, may remain in place for a year or more. Courts, they said, tilt toward the status quo, and will be mindful that any marriages based on that ruling might be judicially undone later.

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