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Gay couple Stuart Gaffney, left, and John Lewis protest in front of the California Supreme Court Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, in San Francisco. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom overstepped his authority when he issued more than 4,000 same-sex marriage licenses earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. California's high court said Newsom did not have the authority to dole out 4,037 marriage licenses to gays and lesbians beginning Feb. 12, a move the justices said contradicted legislation and a voter-approved measure declaring marriage as a union between a man and woman. Gaffney and Lewis were issued a same-sex marriage license six months ago in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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