Gay-Marriage Foes Rest; Case Goes to Judge

Walker will deliberate; closing arguments in March or April
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2010 7:58 PM CST
Gay-Marriage Foes Rest; Case Goes to Judge
The case against California's gay-marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, has gone to the judge, who will deliberate before hearing closing arguments.   (AP Photo)

The first federal case to decide if the US Constitution prevents states from stopping same-sex weddings came to an anti-climatic break today, with the defense resting its case after nearly 12 days of wide-ranging testimony on the meaning of marriage, the nature of sexual orientation, and the role of religion in shaping attitudes about both. Judge Vaughn Walker, who's hearing the case against California's Proposition 8 without a jury, will deliberate before hearing closing arguments, likely in March or April. (Read more Prop 8 trial stories.)

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