November 17, 2011 / 6:06 PM / 6 years ago

California court opens way for US gay marriage case

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - California’s Supreme Court opened the way for gay marriage opponents to defend the California’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court, writing on Thursday that the state’s constitution backed their cause.

The ban in the most populous - and famously liberal - U.S. state has been in legal limbo over a technical but crucial debate: whether citizens can defend a ballot initiative if elected officials choose not to. The court said they could.

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