Even the discovery fights in a federal challenge to Proposition 8 are weighty.

Gay marriage opponents trooped into Northern District of California Chief Judge Vaughn Walker’s courtroom Friday to quash requests for internal campaign e-mails and other documents from last year’s “Yes on 8″ effort. Marriage supporters, meanwhile, argued that the motivations of those behind the ballot initiative are highly relevant because discriminatory intent would undermine opponents’ claims of a rational state interest in the ban.

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