The federal trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage prohibition, which voters passed in 2008, has been more a sociological and philosophical debate than a traditional evidentiary hearing.
The testimony and the opposing lawyers' arguments so far boil down to this: Some folks believe that same-sex couples should have the constitutional right to marry, and other folks deny there is such a right.
The debate is more philosophical than legal because this is virgin territory for the federal courts, no pun intended. Ultimately, it boils down to the personal views of the judges who will pass judgment as the case makes it way through the federal courts, even if they couch their decisions in dense legalese and perhaps just one judge's views.
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