gay_cityhall_gavel.jpgClosing arguments in the federal trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban are tentatively set for June 16.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker set the date this morning, but it could change depending on the schedules of the lawyers on both sides of the case.

Proposition 8, enacted by California voters in 2008, amended the state Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Walker is presiding over a non-jury trial in which two same-sex couples claim the measure violates their federal constitutional rights. The sponsors of Proposition 8 are defending it in court.

Testimony in the trial was completed over the course of a two-and-a-half-week period in January, and Walker was waiting to review all the evidence before scheduling the closing arguments.

Carla Hass, a spokeswoman for ProtectMarriage.com, the group that spearheaded the Proposition 8 campaign, said both parties now need to agree to a date, which she said should happen in the next week or so.

Yusef Robb, a spokesman for the plaintiffs, said “we’re pleased there’s some forward motion” in the case.

“Every day that Prop 8 is on the books is a day when people’s constitutional rights have been violated for no good reason,” Robb said.

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  • Pearl

    There are multiple counts over decades of time of heterosexual couples destroying the sanctity of marriage. Infidelity, obscene misconduct, and divorce rates are at an all time high and on the rise. A look at our celebrities is prime example. You have a former president who allegedly cheated on his wife, Elizabeth Taylor who’s probably on her 9th marriage, Sandra Bullock who just filed for divorce with Jesse James (he’s an idiot!), and let’s not forget about Tiger and his “sex addiction”.. Who does that?? And these are just the celebrities; the people whom America has idolized as “royalty” in this nation meaning they largely weigh in to represent the U.S. across the world in more ways than one. Regardless, those who support Prop 8 are missing the fact that straights are no better than we [gays] are. Who are they to dictate our lives and tell us who we can and can’t love? It kills me to see a happy gay couple be denied the right to be married or have their marriages revoked. I thought marriage represented the commitment of love for another person? And along that comes truth, honesty, purity, fidelity, etc. etc. etc. … In my opinion, this is a battle between those who live in a pious fantasy versus those who live in the real world. I understand about being true to God and living a spiritual life, however, I also believe in being the humans God created us to be. I wouldn’t be surprised if God was gay too if he supposedly created us from his own image. I’d rather live an honest life in the eyes of God and love who I wish to love regardless of gender preference. When I die and if there is an afterlife, at least I can face him without fear or regrets and he can judge me with fairness and truth.

    Pearl