*The Los Angeles Times recently reported some new developments with Prop 8 in San Francisco courts.

Five months after the landmark federal trial over banning same-sex marriage began, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker presided over closing arguments Wednesday, prodding attorneys for five hours about subjects sexual, fundamental, legal and historical.

“Do people get married to benefit the community?” he asked Charles Cooper, who is representing the backers of Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution by restricting marriage to heterosexual couples.

Would overturning Proposition 8 mean that he was ruling that voters had “discriminatory motives” when they passed the controversial measure, Walker asked Theodore Olson, an attorney for the gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn the marriage ban. The measure passed 52.3% to 47.7% in November 2008.