California gay marriage trial moves to a close

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The first trial to explore whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees gay and lesbians the right to marry is moving to a close with testimony from the founder of a family values think tank.

David Blankenhorn, president of the New York-based Institute for American Values, says the rights of same-sex couples come second to the needs of a cherished social institution.

Under cross-examination Wednesday, he said that while there are many valid reasons for allowing gays to wed, they are outweighed by the likely damage it would cause the already weakened state of heterosexual unions.

The evidence phase of the trial is expected to wrap up by mid-Wednesday.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker has said he wants to take several weeks to review all the evidence before hearing closing arguments.

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