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Lawyers Deliver Final Arguments in California "Gay Marriage" Case

Lawyers Deliver Final Arguments in California 'Gay Marriage' Case

(AP) - Lawyers arguing a landmark federal case involving California's same-sex marriage ban made their final arguments Wednesday, with supporters describing matrimony as an institution intended to promote childbearing and opponents saying the U.S. Supreme Court had recognized it as a fundamental right.

Former U.S. Justice Department lawyer Charles Cooper, who represents religious and conservative groups that sponsored the 2008 ballot measure, argued that cultures around the world, previous courts and Congress all accepted the "common sense belief that children do best when they are raised by their own mother and father."