U.S. gay marriage case clears hurdle


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A California gay marriage case that backers hope will reach the U.S. Supreme Court cleared a hurdle on Wednesday in a federal court hearing where the judge repeatedly asked the lawyer defending "traditional marriage" how gay unions harm those between men and women.

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JUDGE SEES CASE GOING BEYOND HIS COURT

Walker also said that tradition carried great weight and it was too soon to rule on most issues. He repeated he expected the case would go beyond his court, an indication of its Supreme Court potential.

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