Protest outside federal gay marriage trial in SF

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 100 people are demonstrating outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco as the trial for California’s gay marriage ban begins.

Most of the demonstrators are gay marriage supporters, who took turns Monday addressing the crowd with a microphone. They support the overturning of Proposition 8, a voter-approved law that limits marriage to one man and one woman.

About a dozen gay marriage foes stood in the back of the gathering and quietly held signs demanding the ban remain in place.

Meanwhile, the two same-sex couples who are plaintiffs in the case made a brief statement outside a San Francisco home, expressing their hope for victory in the trial.

Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, are two couples who haven’t been allowed to marry following the passage of Prop. 8.