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Topic - Charles Cooper
Attorneys who are challenging and defending California's ban on gay marriage before the Supreme Court struck an optimistic tone as they emerged from arguments on Tuesday, even if they conceded they have no idea how the justices will rule about three months from now.
Supporters of traditional marriage announced Tuesday they will petition to bring California's Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court after a lower federal court refused to hear an appeal in the case.
A play based on last year's federal court fight over California's gay marriage ban made its Broadway debut on Monday night with an all-star cast, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial's video recordings.
Can proponents of a California citizens' initiative defend it in federal court if state officials refuse to do so?
The legal fight over California's same-sex marriage ban reached the next legal level Monday when it went before a federal appeals court during a nationally televised hearing in San Francisco.
The trial on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 wrapped up Wednesday in San Francisco federal court as attorneys made their closing arguments about same-sex marriage, with the pro-gay lawyer comparing his clients' civil status to slavery-era blacks.
"If it's determined that initiatives passed by voters can be vetoed by government officials the initiative was designed to circumvent, then that would be perhaps a fatal blow to the initiative process," Mr. Cooper said.
Their legal adversary, attorney Charles Cooper, said the court could head down multiple paths in deciding this case, but should be wary of circumventing the will of voters who approved Proposition 8 in November 2008.