LOS ANGELES — For a decade, a small group of California judges in San Diego County had been deciding whether to legalize gay marriage.
For years, the same men and women who ruled against same-sex couples in similar cases had been the judges who had presided over the same cases.
And then, in 2016, a couple of judges in the same San Diego county had decided to reverse those decisions.
What’s more, that same-dealing judge was the same man who had issued a marriage license to one of the same couples.
That was the beginning of a very strange marriage.
The court was the latest example of how judges have often played a pivotal role in the country’s gay marriage debate, and how that role has evolved over the years.
A history of conflicts between gay marriage and judges Judges have been drawn into the marriage-equality debate for decades.
In the 1970s, a group of judges, led by a judge named Mario Lobo, ruled that California’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional because it violated the federal Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
That decision was upheld by the Supreme Court, but not before it ignited a national debate about gay marriage that would last for decades, with the Supreme in the majority.
In 1977, then-Gov.
George Deukmejian signed a law that allowed gay couples to marry in California.
A year later, a federal judge ruled in favor of the gay couples and overturned a lower court ruling that the state’s ban violated their rights to equal protection under the 14st Amendment.
Both cases, both appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1984, two judges in Los Angeles County, the highest court in the state, decided that gay couples were entitled to marry, based on the equal protection clause of the U., 14th, and 14th Amendments.
The case, Bowers v.
Hardwick, involved two same-gender couples who were married in neighboring counties.
Two years later, in 1990, the Supreme Justices decided the same-color marriage cases and the Supreme decided in a 5-4 decision that gay marriage should be allowed.
That same year, two years after that Supreme decision, a lower-court judge in San Francisco ordered that gay marriages be allowed in the county.
In 1992, the San Francisco Supreme Court issued a ruling that gay married couples had the right to marry.
In 1994, two months after the San Diego Supreme Court ruling, a San Francisco County Superior Court judge ruled that same sex couples should not be able to marry until the Supreme ruled on the issue.
That ruling became the foundation for a case called Obergefell v.
Hodges, which is now the most closely watched court case in the nation.
That case involved a gay couple who were trying to get married in Orange County, California.
That judge, Richard Posner, was appointed to the San Jose County Superior Supreme Court by Gov.
Jerry Brown in 2003.
The next year, he ruled that gay people in California should not have the right of marriage until the U, 14th and 14d Amendments were struck down.
That court decision created a legal roadblock for same- sex couples, but it also created an opportunity for judges.
Judges were able to intervene in gay marriages without having to take a position on gay rights.
Judges could also intervene in cases that were challenging gay marriage laws, such as when a same-state couple was denied marriage licenses in California because of a ruling by a different California judge that denied marriage to a same sex couple.
That created an opening for the judges to become involved in gay marriage cases.
In some cases, judges had been appointed to other courts, such like the 9th Circuit, where judges ruled on gay marriages that were appealed to federal courts.
The same-court ruling in Obergefys case created the opportunity for the gay marriage judges to step into the case.
And those judges had a unique opportunity to weigh in on gay-marriage cases.
One of the judges, Judge Charles Breyer, said in 2015 that gay rights are “the most important issue in the modern history of this country.”
“And so, the best judges of this land can be the best attorneys for gay rights,” Breyer said at the time.
That opportunity opened up when Breyer became the chief federal appeals judge in the Southern District of California, which includes San Diego.
His colleagues, including Chief Judge Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge of the 9 to 9 Supreme Court of the United States, and Judge Diane Wood, the Judge of Appeals for the 8th Circuit have all been appointed by President Obama, the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of California.
When President Trump appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch, Breyer called him “the real deal.”
The Supreme Court is not the only place where judges have had a similar opportunity to intervene on gay issues.
In 2016, Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Western District of Virginia ruled that