California should allow gay marriage-US att'y general

SAN FRANCISCO - California's attorney

general urged a US appeals court on Tuesday to permit gay
marriages while it considers whether to overturn the state's
ban on same-sex weddings.

The move follows a decision last week by US President

Barack Obama's administration that it would no longer defend
the 15-year-old US law defining marriage as only between a
man and a woman, a major policy shift in favor of gay rights.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, in arguments filed with the

9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, asked the court to dismiss
its order prohibiting gay marriages in the most populous US
state while a lawsuit over California's ban unfolds.
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