Closing arguments set in California Prop 8 trial

Fight over whether gay marriage bans violate civil rights will likely move to Supreme Court


Associated Press
June 16, 2010 9:09PM (UTC)

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in a landmark lawsuit that challenges California's ban on gay marriage.

Two same-sex couples are suing to overturn Proposition 8, which voters passed in 2008. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is hearing the case in San Francisco.

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It's the first federal trial to examine whether gay marriage bans violate civil rights. The case is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Backers of Proposition 8 also want the state to stop recognizing 18,000 homosexual unions that were granted before the measure took effect. In a written filing Tuesday, sponsors of Proposition 8 asked Walker to rule that government agencies, courts and business no longer have to recognize gay couples as married.


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