Judge wants speedy trial in Prop 8 ban

June 30, 2009 5:27:48 PM PDT
A federal judge wants a trial on California's same-sex marriage ban to proceed quickly but says he likely won't suspend the voter-approved ban in the meantime.

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U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker said holding a speedy trial on the merits of a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 would avoid novel issues that might be raised if he issued a temporary injunction.

A hearing on the injunction had been scheduled for Thursday. But in his tentative order Tuesday, the judge proposed using the time instead for setting a trial schedule.

In the lawsuit, two unmarried same-sex couples say the ban voters narrowly approved in November violates their civil rights.

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