A federal marriage lawsuit that seeks to overturn California's Proposition 8 -- considered to be a long shot effort by some LGBT advocates -- has cleared its first hurdle by getting the go-ahead for a January trial in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, in a pretrial hearing, expressed an openness to marriage equality. But the ultimate test for marriage lies ahead with the U.S. Supreme Court, the current makeup of which does not seem to favor the issue.

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