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Delay Possible in Prop 8 Trial Ruling

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A verdict in the federal Proposition 8 trial could be delayed as civil rights groups wait on organizers who fought against the ballot measure to turn over internal documents from the campaign.

Earlier this month, a federal magistrate ordered three groups that fought the Calif. antigay ballot measure to turn over all documents "that contain, refer or relate to arguments for or against Proposition 8."

Earlier in the case, attorneys defending Prop 8 were ordered to turn over e-mails and internal memos from church leaders and antigay marriage proponents involved in the campaign.

Closing arguments have yet to be held in the trial.

Attorneys on both sides said the fight over the documents could delay a ruling in the case, Lisa Leff of the Associated Press reports.

Speaking before Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker during a 90-minute hearing on Tuesday in San Francisco, ACLU lawyer Stephen Bomse said that a "real burden" is going to be imposed on the timeline of the case if the judge affirmed the magistrate's ruling.

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