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Prop 8 opponents must release campaign materials, judge rules


A federal judge on Monday ordered same-sex marriage advocacy groups to turn over campaign materials from the election fight over Proposition 8, a move that could prolong the legal challenge to California’s ban on gay unions.

In a 24-page ruling, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected the arguments of the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality California.

Walker upheld a magistrate judge’s recent order requiring the groups to turn over the material to Proposition 8 defenders as part of the historic trial still unfolding on the gay marriage question.

The groups have until April 12 to pass over remaining campaign materials related to the controversial law — which reversed the legalization of gay marriage in California, and was approved by voters in November 2008 with 52% of the vote.

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