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Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker is the presiding officer for the Proposition 8 trial in California. Prior to closing arguments on June 16th, the Judge provided both sides with a list of 39 questions he wants addressed during closing arguments.[1] In one question, the Judges references California Family Code § 297.5(a), which provides that "[r]egistered domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits, and shall be subject to the same responsibilities, obligations, and duties under law, whether they derive from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, government policies, common law, or any other provisions or sources of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses." The judge questions the need for the expansion of the definition of marriage when § 2973.5(a) exists. Is this trial merely regarding semantics? Does denying gays and lesbians the right to marry an infringement upon their civil rights? FindLaw Sarah 16:45, 15 June 2010 (UTC)


  1. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prop8-trial-20100615,0,471302.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+%7C+Local+News%29


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