Judge refuses to dismiss Prop 8 suit

October 14, 2009 1:57:30 PM PDT
A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

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U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced his decision early Wednesday afternoon following a morning hearing. The case will now go to trial on Jan. 11.

The lawsuit was filed in May by a lesbian couple from Berkeley and a gay couple from Burbank who claim the state law violates their federal constitutional rights.

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