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Next word in Calif. gay marriage case due Tuesday

Appeals court set to say if it will rehear panel's rejection of California's gay marriage ban By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' The next word in the long-running legal battle over California's voter-approved gay marriage ban is about to come from a federal appeals court in San Francisco.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to announce Tuesday if it will reconsider a previous ruling by two of its member judges declaring the ban unconstitutional.

Backers of the ban petitioned the court in February to review the decision that struck down Proposition 8 as a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians.

If the appeals court decides to reconsider the case, it would delay a final resolution, which is ultimately expected to come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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