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Gay Marriage(2).JPGThis post was updated at 6 p.m. with the time frame for the release of the decision.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will issue a decision Wednesday on the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, according to a court announcement today.

Walker's written order will be released electronically Wednesday between 1 and 3 p.m. and will be posted on the federal court website and later available for public review in federal courthouses in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

Walker presided over a historic trial January and June in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Two gay couples challenged Proposition 8, which voters approved in November 2008, saying it violated their federal constitutional right to equal protection.

Walker's decision, whatever it may be, is expected to be appealed.

PHOTO CREDIT: Luke Otterstad carries a pro-Proposition 8 sign about traditional marriage as same-sex marriage advocates protest around him during a rally in front of a federal courthouse in San Francisco on Jan. 11, 2010, as the first federal trial to determine whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from outlawing same-sex marriage got under way. (AP Photo/ Paul Sakuma)



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