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California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8 (20 images)

Updated: May 26, 2009 at 5:40 PM
Demonstrators in favor of gay marriage await the California Supreme Court decision on state Proposition 8, a ballot initiative limiting marriage to a man and a woman, in front of City Hall in San Francisco on May 26, 2009. The court upheld the initiative but declared that 18,000 gay marriages occurring before the vote are legal. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Demonstrators for and against gay marriage await the California Supreme Court decision on state Proposition 8, a ballot initiative, limiting marriage to a man and a woman, at the State Building in San Francisco on May 26, 2009. The court upheld the initiative but declared that 18,000 gay marriages occurring before the vote are legal. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Gay marriage supporters rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling upholding the ban on same-sex marriage on Proposition 8 in West Hollywood, California on May 26, 2009. The California's Supreme Court upheld the state's gay-marriage ban Tuesday but said the estimated 18,000 same-sex weddings that took place before the prohibition passed are still valid. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen). .
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Demonstrators in favor of gay marriage await the California Supreme Court decision on state Proposition 8, a ballot initiative limiting marriage to a man and a woman, in front of City Hall in San Francisco on May 26, 2009. The court upheld the initiative but declared that 18,000 gay marriages occurring before the vote are legal. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Gay marriage supporters rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling upholding the ban on same-sex marriage on Proposition 8 in West Hollywood, California on May 26, 2009. The California's Supreme Court upheld the state's gay-marriage ban Tuesday but said the estimated 18,000 same-sex weddings that took place before the prohibition passed are still valid. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen). .
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Demonstrators for and against gay marriage argue while awaiting the California Supreme Court decision on state Proposition 8, a ballot initiative limiting marriage to a man and a woman, in San Francisco on May 26, 2009. The court upheld the initiative but declared that 18,000 gay marriages occurring before the vote are legal. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Duncan Ireland (R) and his husband John Ireland hold their son Watson Ireland, 4, as they join gay marriage supporters at a rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8 in West Hollywood, California on May 26, 2009. The Irelands are among the same-sex couples whose marriage was upheld by the court. California's Supreme Court upheld the state's gay-marriage ban Tuesday but said the estimated 18,000 same-sex weddings that took place before the prohibition passed are still valid. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen). .
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