FRESNO, California --Legal experts believe judge Vaughn Walker's recent ruling was written so that it would ultimately make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But before the gay marriage debate reaches the nation's high court, it still has many legal hurdles to clear. Prop 8 supporters filed their motion for an appeal one day before the Friday's deadline. The appeals process could take months if not up to a year. But supporters and opponents of gay marriage say the lengthy legal battle is starting to take a toll on them emotionally.