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Apr 28, 2010 4:45 PM

Federal gay marriage trial set to wrap up in June

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal trial to determine if California's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution is scheduled to wrap up in June after a months-long hiatus.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday tentatively scheduled the closing arguments for June 16. After hearing more than two weeks of testimony in January, Walker had wanted time to review all the evidence before hearing lawyers give their wrap-ups.

But the break has dragged on, as civil rights groups that
opposed the measure have fought turning over internal documents from the 2008 campaign to the measure's sponsors.

The case, brought on behalf of two unmarried same-sex couples, is being closely watched across the country. It's the first federal trial to examine if denying gays the right to wed violates their civil rights.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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