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Both sides cheer high court deciding gay marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Both sides of the debate on same-sex marriage in California are applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take up the constitutionality of the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban.

The high court said it was taking up the case on Friday. Same-sex partners throughout the state said they were hopeful they could soon wed. Opponents of gay marriage said they were hopeful the high court would affirm the ban.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said this was the “beginning of the end” of the 8-year legal fight over gay marriage. Newsom defied state law on Valentine's Day 2004 when he ordered City Hall to wed same-sex partners as mayor of San Francisco.

Andrew Pugno, general counsel for the Protect Marriage coalition that campaigned for the same-sex marriage ban, said the legal fight over the state's ban was always intended to land before the Supreme Court.

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