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March 5th, 2009
07:38 PM ET

California court weighing gay marriage ban

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/05/california.same.sex/art.rally.gi.jpg caption="Angel D. Hernandez and Johnny Foam join a same-sex marriage rally Wednesday in Los Angeles, California.
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John Schwartz and Liz Robbins
The New York Times

For more than three hours on Thursday, California Supreme Court justices aggressively challenged lawyers who sought to overturn an initiative banning same-sex marriage that was passed by voters last November.

As the hearing progressed, hundreds of supporters and opponents of the initiative, Proposition 8, gathered on the steps of the courthouse here bearing signs, banners and a sense of tense anticipation.

“We knew we had to be here to see it with our own eyes,” said Katherine Stoner, 61, who had traveled from Monterey, Calif., with her partner of 34 years, Michelle Welsh.

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  1. HopeDemonia

    What I see here is completely ridiculous, if two people love each other who are we to stop them? It seems to me like we are trying to force people to follow the standards we have even if it makes them unhappy. If people want to have a same-sex marraige let them, that is what makes them happy and that is what they deserve to have.

    March 6, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    You go to Washington for one purpose--and you have to be protected for another--good luck Brad--you are better off doing this project on your own--and I wouldn't hold my breath on any assistance from Washington---they didn't do anything when Katrina struck!

    March 6, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    No matter how the courts decide--this will be a drawn out and long term battle that will never conclude---even when it concludes.

    March 6, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  4. Luis

    Who the hell wants to live in California?

    California is in trouble as a state because they cant get priorities straight.You would think a$42 billion dollar shortfall would make people rally toward the states capitol.

    I guess not.. I would never live in California. Never. I would shoot myself if i did. Wrong morally / ethically and wrong financially. Any party, ANY PARTY is a better party other than democratic party. I would never become a democrat.

    March 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  5. sara

    A controversial play could cost Grandfield High School (Oklahoma) teacher Debra Taylor her job. She teaches the school's Ethics and Street Law class, and says she was told by Superintendent Ed Turlington not to run a play titled "The Laramie Project." The play is about a gay person who was murdered. After being forbidden to put on the play, Taylor held a mock funeral for the play in class so students could have closure. She says the mock funeral got her suspended. Is this really where we are headed that teachers are in fear of telling the truth.

    March 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm |