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After months of delay, closing arguments in the federal trial challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 will take place today in San Francisco.
The Advocate will be covering the proceedings beginning at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday via Advocate.com news updates, Twitter, and a live stream of the post-trial news conference with lead plaintiffs' attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies as well as attorneys defending the ballot measure.
Olson, who coleads the legal team representing two California gay couples who sued after they were denied marriage licenses, will have 30 minutes to make his case before U.S. district judge Vaughn R. Walker starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Plaintiffs' arguments (argued by Olson)
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: City and county of San Francisco
11:45 a.m. - noon: Governor, attorney general, and county defendants
Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Prop 8. proponents' arguments (argued by Charles Cooper)
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Plaintiffs' rebuttal
4 p.m.: Press conference
Though the evidentiary phase of the trial concluded in January, closing arguments were delayed in part because of disputes over internal documents from the "No on 8" campaign. A decision in the case is not expected on Wednesday, according to the court's website.
Advocate.com news coverage will include legal analysis by Renee Jacobs, a Los Angeles civil rights attorney whose LGBT cases include a lawsuit against The Oregonian for refusing to publish same-sex wedding announcements.