COSTA MESA — Heather Ellis can't help but get teary-eyed when talking about how it feels to wait while lawyers and judges argue over the fate of same-sex marriage rights in California.
"I don't really know how to say it," Ellis, 38, said. "It's really odd that we have to go through this."
Ellis and her partner, Rosanne Faul, 41, live in Costa Mesa. They were planning to marry on Sept. 3 in Santa Ana's Old Courthouse. But they had to postpone their plans indefinitely when, on Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put a stay on same-sex marriages until at least December.
The case is expected to end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
"It's tough to swallow," Ellis said. "We were getting excited like any other couple would. Even though we knew what was possible, it didn't take away the sting."
Ellis and Faul met more than five years ago at a Newport Beach tennis club. Faul had moved to Orange County in 2004 from Merced, where she was a deputy public defender.