Supporters of Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage protest outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, California before a hearing on the initiative

 
Supporters of Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage protest outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, California before a hearing on the initiative
Four-year-old Kian Dumesnil of Walnut Creek, California holds a sign outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, California before a hearing on California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage September 6, 2011. California voters banned same sex weddings in 2008 by approving so-called Proposition 8. But last year a U.S. district judge ruled the measure unconstitutional. The hearing discusses whether supporters of an initiative like Proposition 8, could defend a ballot proposition if state leaders did not, a technical yet crucial legal issue in the closely watched gay marriage case. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)