21 Top News Stories of the Year

BY Lucas Grindley

November 14 2011 4:00 AM ET

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 3. The Case of Proposition 8
Super-lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson continue to beat down delays that keep the case from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Proponents had argued (unsuccessfully) that Judge Vaughn Walker was unqualified to overrule Prop. 8 because he’s gay. Then they begged the court not to release potentially embarrassing videotapes of witnesses’ feeble testimony (and lost). Stay tuned for appeals.

(RELATED: California Gay Marriage Supporters: Lift Prop. 8 Stay)