California gay marriage trial closes

15:13, June 17, 2010      

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The historic trial over same-sex marriage in California ends on Wednesday, with the case now in the hands of Judge Vaughn Walker, according to media reports.

Walker is being asked to decide whether California voters violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection when they passed a referendum in November 2008 to amend the state constitution, defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Attorney Charles Cooper, arguing on behalf of Proposition 8 backers, maintained that society is entitled to reserve its approval of marriage for those who can naturally conceive children.

"The marital relationship is fundamental to the existence and survival of the race," Cooper said in closing arguments before a packed San Francisco courtroom.

The reason the state regulates marriage, he said, is to steer "procreative sexual relationships" into a stable family environment so that children can be raised by their biological parents.

Cooper's counterpart, former U.S. solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, told Walker that the times called for boldness.

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