Same-sex marriage
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Same-sex marriage case

San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera, left, and Deputy San Francisco City Atty. Therese Stewart appear at a news conference in front of the State Supreme Court Building in San Francisco, where Herrera and other attorneys argued that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection based on sexual orientation. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
John Lewis, left and Stuart Gaffney of San Francisco are plantiffs in a court case on the legality of same-sex marriage. The court will decide in 90 days whether to permit same-sex marriages. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media on his way to a news conference outside the State Supreme Court Building. Newsom authorized issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 14, 2004. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
Davina Kotulski, left, and Molly McKay walk into the State Supreme Court Building, where arguments on same-sex marriage were heard. Kotulski and McKay were married Feb. 14, 2004, in San Francisco, but the marriage was voided. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
Don Grundmann, a minister from San Leandro, Calif., who opposes same-sex marriages, protests outside the State Supreme Court Building. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)