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Trial over gay-marriage measure set to begin

January 11, 2010

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— Scholars, gay and lesbian partners and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to testify about the nature of marriage and homosexuality itself during an unprecedented federal trial today to determine whether gays and lesbians may marry.

The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is expected to become a landmark that eventually will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Both sides have hired leading legal advocates with lots of experience before the high court.

San Francisco’s U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker, a Republican appointee known for independence, will decide whether Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Walker’s pretrial rulings have tended to favor supporters of same-sex marriage. Unlike other court cases about marriage rights, the trial before Walker will involve weeks of testimony from witnesses on wide-ranging issues.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 3 months ago

Same-sex couples want to get married because IT IS so important. I believe allowing same-sex marriage will bring new respect for the institution. It will actually strengthen it as a whole. People resist it because they are afraid. They make marriage into a pathetic straw they cling to to justify their homophobia. Let it go and the institution of marriage will be stronger for everybody!

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mr_right_wing 4 years, 3 months ago

I so desperately wish I could say that 'straights' have done such a great job with marriage; I wish I could point out that our divorce rate is less than 25%.

It's hard to argue that we hold marriage to be so sacred when so many have so little respect for it.

However, I still only support one man-one woman til death do you part.

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