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Tue Dec 28 2004
California's Ban on Gay Marriage Has Its Day in Court
Ruling May Be Delayed in Same-Sex Marriage Challenge to State Law
12/29/2004: The City and County of San Francisco and twelve same-sex couples who were married in San Francisco in February of 2004 have taken the State of California to court over the state's anti-gay marriage law. This suit seeks to overturn that that law by showing that the current law of the State of California violates the spirit of the State Constitution, which is the highest authority in California. Read more | Equality California Reports from Court: 12/22/2004 Reports | 12/23/2004

San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer had originally stated that he would rule about the legal challenge to California's ban on gay marriage in January, but now it looks like the decision might not come until April. Legal arguments in the case ended last Thursday, but the Judge has requested additional written arguments by January 14th. A case-management conference will be held next week. After he receives the written arguments, the Judge could schedule more oral arguments, and at their conclusion he would have 90 more days in which to issue a ruling. The new evidence Kramer is seeking concerns sociological reports from both sides over the effect of marriage on families.
One Indybay reporter wonders why SF Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer did not invite testimony about same-sex couples, queer families, or other factual matters related to this issue.
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