Christian Nelson, left, of Oakland, Calif., and Jackie Killens, right, of Salinas, Calif., protest against gay marriage outside a courtroom where the California Supreme Court was hearing arguments in ... more 
Christian Nelson, left, of Oakland, Calif., and Jackie Killens, right, of Salinas, Calif., protest against gay marriage outside a courtroom where the California Supreme Court was hearing arguments in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Although the legal challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban always has been assumed to be on track to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the state's highest court is contemplating an issue that could halt the high-profile case in its tracks. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Eric Risberg
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 3:02 PM EDT