Ronald George, 70, will step down in January. He is likely to be most remembered for his 2008 ruling that gave gays the right to marry, which state voters later rescinded.
California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, who presided over the often turbulent restructuring of state courts and wrote the ruling that temporarily gave gays the right to marry, said Wednesday he would step down in January after a 38-year career in the California court system.
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