Images: Prop 8 Fight

Images of the years-long legal battle over same-sex marriage in California.

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Same-sex couple Breana Hansen (L) and Monica Chacon kiss as they celebrate outside of San Francisco City Hall on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
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Opponents of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, celebrate outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The scene outside the Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
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(L-R) Same sex couples and plaintiffs Sandy Stier, Kris Perry, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo look on at a news conference following a hearing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6, 2010 in San Francisco, California.
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Charles Cooper, lead attorney for proponents of Proposition 8, speaks to reporters at a news conference following a hearing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6, 2010 in San Francisco, California.
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Plaintiffs Paul Katami (L) and Jeffrey Zarrillo (2nd R) hug attorneys Ted Olson (2nd L) and David Boies (R) after a news conference following a hearing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Attorneys Ted Olson (2nd R) and David Boies (L) speak to reporters at a news conference following a hearing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6, 2010 in San Francisco, California.
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A man protests outside the San Francisco Superior Court ahead of the Prop 8 decision.
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Protesters rallied in the Hillcrest community of San Diego in November 2008, voicing their opposition to the recently passed Proposition 8 and marching down to the County Administration Building.
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Celebrities protested the ban - here actress Emmy Rossum wears the "No H8" slogan while protesting with Perez Hilton.
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As same-sex marriages became legal in California on June 16, conservative churches vowed to fight it and are spearheading passage of Proposition 8 which would change the state constitution to recognize only marriages between one man and one woman as legal.
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Supporters of Proposition 8 hold signs outside of the California Supreme Court May 26, 2009 in San Francisco.
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Thousands of supporters of gay marriage carry signs during a rally against the passing of Prop. 8 on November 15, 2008 in San Francisco, California. People across the country continue to protest the passing of California State Proposition 8 which makes gay marriage in California illegal. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Opponents say Prop 8 supporters don't just want to ban marriage equality, but be allowed to discriminate against the thousands of legally wed couples in existing marriages.
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People from a group called America Forever join others at a rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building as arguments are heard for and against Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009.
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In the tradition of American weddings, a string of cans is dragged behind a march support truck as thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage march from West Hollywood to Hollywood following the California Supreme Court ruling to uphold Proposition 8 May 26, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. The court voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8, which makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry in the state of California, although the more than 18,000 same-sex couples that wed before Prop 8 was voted in will still be legally married. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A supporter of gay marriage holds a sign saying 'No More Mister Nice Gay' during a rally against the passing of Prop. 8 on November 15, 2008 in San Francisco,
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Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, speaks at rally following the California Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Proposition 8 on May 26, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. The California State Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold proposition 8 which makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. More than 18,000 same-sex couples that wed before prop 8 was voted in will still be legally married. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage march from West Hollywood to Hollywood following the California Supreme Court ruling to uphold Proposition 8 May 26, 2009.
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Supporters of Proposition 8, which would outlaw same-sex marriage throughout California, bring their children to rally during a 'Yes on 8 bus tour' stop at St. Frances X Cabrini Church on October 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Elton John may be married but was he married in the state of California before Prop. 8 was passed?
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Drew Cloud (L) and Jacob Whipple, who are engaged to each other, watch a live broadcast as the California Supreme Court hears arguments for and against Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The controversial proposition that prohibits gays and lesbians the right to marry is being challenged by the gay community. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Nearly two weeks after election day, activists who marched through San Diego said they will continue their demonstrations for equality.
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Supporters of Prop 8 in November2008 after the passage of the same-sex marriage ban.
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People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building as arguments are heard for and against Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009.
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A woman encourages passing marchers as hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage march for miles in protest against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints November 6, 2008 in Los Angeles.
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Former U.S. Solicitor General States Theodore Olson, a conservative, teamed up with liberal attorney David Boies to challenge California's Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Actress/comedian Kathy Griffin and her mother Maggie Griffin attend a rally following the California Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Proposition 8, on May 26, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. The California State Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold proposition 8 which makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. More than 18,000 same-sex couples that wed before prop 8 was voted in will still be legally married. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Attorney Charles Cooper has asked that cameras not be rolling for closing arguments in the Prop 8 trial, implying that they could influence the decision.
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