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    First, One News Now (the other side) Marriage in Calif. - a never-ending legal battle Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 1/11/2010 7:00:00 AM Attorneys are in San
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      First, One News Now (the other side)



      'Marriage' in Calif. - a never-ending legal battle

      Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 1/11/2010 7:00:00 AM

      Attorneys are in San Francisco again to argue yet another lawsuit filed to
      overturn California's Proposition 8.

      Prop. 8 is the constitutional amendment that a majority of California voters
      approved in November 2008 to overturn a State Supreme Court decision that
      legalized homosexual "marriage" in that state. Alliance Defense Fund
      <http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/> (ADF) attorney Austin Nimocks tells
      OneNewsNow that proponents of same-gender marriage -- who are arguing that
      Prop. 8 violates the U.S. Constitution -- evidently have a problem with a
      basic democratic process.

      "The advocates of redefining marriage are trying to do it yet once again
      through the courts, to impose [same-sex marriage] upon people who don't want
      it...," says the attorney. "And really the fundamental issue here is whether
      or not in America we respect and should uphold the right of a free people to
      make social policy choices through the democratic process."

      Irrespective of any legal arguments, Nimocks says that is the only focus of
      the debate. "[W]hat we have here is a handful of activists who are trying to
      void a constitutional amendment simply because they don't agree with the
      collective decision of seven-million Californians," he states.

      The rest of the story is here:
      http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=845458



      Second, Edge (our side) carrying an article from the AP

      Groundbreaking gay marriage trial starts in Calif
      by Lisa Leff
      Associated Press
      Monday Jan 11, 2010



      The first federal trial to determine if the U.S. Constitution prohibits
      states from outlawing same-sex marriage gets under way Monday, and the two
      gay couples on whose behalf the case was brought will be among the first
      witnesses.

      The proceedings, which are expected to last two to three weeks, involve a
      challenge to Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban approved by California
      voters in November 2008.

      Regardless of the outcome, the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S.
      Supreme Court, where it ultimately could become a landmark that determines
      if gay Americans have the right to marry.

      The judge who will render a decision, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R.
      Walker, has asked lawyers arguing for and against the ban to present the
      facts underlying much of the political rhetoric surrounding same-sex
      marriage. Among the questions Walker plans to entertain are whether sexual
      orientation can be changed, how legalizing gay marriage affects traditional
      marriages and the effect on children of being raised by two mothers or two
      fathers.

      The rest of the story is here: http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?100956





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