Gay marriage hearing on Wednesday

Wed. June 16, 2010 12:13 AM by News Staff

San Francisco - Lawyers will present their closing arguments on Wednesday in California's gay marriage battle.

The war pits supporters of gay marriage against the backers of Proposition 8, which declares that marriage is a union of one man and one woman.

On Tuesday, Prop. 8 supporters told the judge that on top of keeping gay marriage illegal, they would also like him to basically nullify the 18,000 gay marriages performed in California before the court stepped in to the matter.

Prop. 8's sponsors say the state has Prop. 8's sponsors argued that the State of California has good reasons to ban gay marriage, including protecting children and honoring the views of a majority of Californians.

The judge gave the attorneys for both sides 11 pages of questions and notes to consider as they prepared their closing arguments.

He wants attorneys to address whether voters intended to discriminate by approving Prop. 8, whether it matters if they did, and whether there is any legal significance to the ways that marriages has been traditionally defined.

This case is expected to eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.