California court opens way for US gay marriage case

SAN FRANCISCO - California's Supreme Court opened the way for gay marriage opponents to defend the California's same-sex marriage ban in federal court, writing on Thursday that the state's constitution backed their cause.
The ban in the most populous - and famously liberal - US state has been in legal limbo over a technical but crucial debate: whether citizens can defend a ballot initiative if elected officials choose not to. The court said they could.
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