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Evidence Skirmish Could Delay End Of Prop 8 Trial

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) An attempt by civil rights groups to keep sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban from obtaining internal campaign documents could delay a verdict in the federal trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, lawyers on both sides said Tuesday. Attorneys...

Opponents Of Gay Marriage Ban Must Release Memos

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) Civil rights groups that campaigned against California's same-sex marriage ban must surrender some of their internal campaign memos and e-mails to lawyers for the other side, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker said sponsors of Proposition...

Closing Arguments Set In California Gay Marriage Trial

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) 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...

Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a...

Appeal Filed Over Gay Marriage Ruling In California

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Supporters of California's gay marriage ban have filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling striking down the voter-approved law. The appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday was expected, as lawyers on both sides of the legal battle repeatedly vowed....

Gay Marriage Goes Before Nation's Largest Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The judge who overturned California's gay marriage ban was unrelenting in his repudiation of the measure, saying such laws are mean-spirited and unconstitutional to the core. It was a harsh yet carefully worded ruling that some experts said would be tough to overturn as the landmark...

Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban Backers Can Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban's backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief...

California Gays Must Wait To Wed During Prop 8 Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel. . . . Full...

Court Won't Order California To Defend Proposition 8

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) California's highest court on Wednesday refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court denied a conservative legal group's request to force...

Court Weighs Constitutionality Of Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California's gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state but leave intact bans in other western states under the court's jurisdiction. The 9th...

Judge Eyes Target Lawsuit Against Gay Rights Group

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A judge said Friday he would issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Target Corp. against a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to make it stop canvassing outside the retailer's California stores. The Minnesota-based corporation is seeking an injunction barring the activists...