03/28/2011 05:06 pm ET | Updated May 28, 2011

Prop 8: Stay On Same-Sex Marriage A Burden For Elderly Couples

Reporting from Palm Springs-- Derence Kernek and Ed Watson live together each day in fear that they won't be able to pledge "till death do us part" before it's too late.

Watson, 78, is in rapidly failing health, afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that same-sex marriage will remain on hold in California until a judge's ruling striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional makes its way through the higher courts -- reviews expected to take a year or more.