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Justices tackle California gay marriage case

WASHINGTON – During heated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the justices verbally tussled with attorneys arguing over the law’s constitutionality — but also hinted that the case could have a surprise ending. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and other justices pointed out the lack of data and other evidence on the effects of same-sex marriage, which has been legal in only a few places in the country for a short time, and questioned if certiorari was granted too early.