Federal Prop 8 Case Moves Forward

Image(08-19) 14:10 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has scheduled a trial for Jan. 11 on the constitutionality of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage – the first trial on that issue in any U.S. court – and allowed the city of San Francisco to join the case against the ballot measure.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision Wednesday to hold a trial on whether Proposition 8 violates gays’ and lesbians’ rights to equality under the law was a tactical victory for opponents of the November 2008 initiative, who say experts and other witnesses can help them show that Prop. 8 was rooted in anti-gay bias.

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