A federal trial to determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which was passed by California voters in 2008 and ended legal marriage equality in the state, is scheduled to begin its final phase Wednesday, as both sides present their closing arguments. Judge Vaughn Walker asked that those arguments explore the issue of choice and sexual orientation, as well as the intersection of law and personal morality, among other topics. Whatever the outcome, the judge's decision is likely to be appealed, perhaps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, experts note.

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