[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to lift the stay order prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California’s same-sex marriage ban, is pending. The court relied on the Supreme Court ruling in Nken v. Holder [opinion text], which explains the standards for staying a court order on appeal, and the standard for…