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Rumor of Prop. 8 ruling brings attorneys, media to S.F. courthouse [Updated]

July 8, 2010 |  7:28 pm

Television trucks, attorneys and a few members of the public congregated at the federal courthouse in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon, waiting for a verdict in the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trial.

But as the sun set, no ruling had come.

A rumor swept through the blogosphere and San Francisco City Hall on Thursday that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker planned to issue his long-awaited ruling on whether Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in California, violates the U.S. Constitution.

But Walker’s chambers were closed Thursday and expected to be closed Friday, and he had not told any of the parties in the closely watched case that a ruling was coming.

Lawyers in the case said they doubted the rumor was true.

“I would be amazed,” said Andy Pugno, an attorney for the proponents of Proposition 8.

[Updated, 8:02 p.m.: A previous version of this post misspelled Pugno's last name as Pugo.]

-- Jessica Garrison in Los Angeles and Maura Dolan in San Francisco