California gay marriage trial closes (2)

15:13, June 17, 2010      

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Representing two same-sex couples who want to marry, Olson invoked groundbreaking Supreme Court civil rights decisions, such as Brown v. Board of Education, which forbade racial segregation in public schools, and Loving v. Virginia, which threw out that state's law against interracial marriage.

"Proposition 8 discriminates on the basis of sex the same as Virginia law discriminated on the basis of race," Olson said.

The case is likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court no matter how District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker rules on the ban. A decision there could determine the fate of same-sex marriage in the United States for years.

California voters approved the ban known as Prop 8 in 2008, dismaying gay advocates and their allies who had hoped the trend-setting state would side with them.

However U.S. voters in state referendums across the nation have consistently opposed same-sex marriage. It is legal in only five states and the District of Columbia due to court and legislative action.

Source: Xinhua/Agencies

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