1. GAY RIGHTS

    Calif. Supreme Court Rules for Prop 8

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 13:  Same-sex couple Frank Capley (R) and Joe Alfano (L) embrace during a demonstration outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building on June 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Sponsors of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure that would deny same-sex couples to marry in the state, are back in court today to ask a federal judge to nullify U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    In a defeat for gay-rights groups, California’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s anti-gay-marriage amendment, Proposition 8, could legally be defended in court even if the state refuses to enforce it. The ruling will most likely send gay-rights groups to federal court to decide whether its marriage bans are constitutional—and will have repercussions throughout the country. While the California governor and attorney general had refused to enforce the gay-marriage ban, state officials challenged it to keep it on the books—despite a judge’s ruling in December that the ban is unconstitutional.

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