Finally -- the Final Stretch

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After three months of behind-the-scenes legal wrangling, Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday targeted closing arguments in the federal Prop. 8 trial for June 16th. In court Wednesday all sides seemed eager to wrap up the trial. For the past three months the ACLU-Northern California and the gay rights group Equality California have been resisting court orders to hand over internal communications from the No on 8 campaign. The two civil rights organizations relented yesterday as they faced contempt of court charges. It was your basic "what's good for the goose, is good for the gander" situation -- the Yes on 8 campaign was compelled to release many internal documents months ago. Their attorneys then asked to see similar communications from the other side. Once closing arguments are complete, there's no telling how long it will take Judge Walker to issue his decision. Most agree this will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, probably within two to three years. Just another reason for interest in President Obama's impending appointment to the high court. A whisper campaign about the sexual orientation of two women on the President's short list (Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano) has spread on the blogosphere in recent weeks.

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