A federal court of appeals will hear two hours of oral arguments today regarding California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to the Associated Press.
Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in August that Prop 8 violated the constitutional rights of gay Californians, but a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 16 that gay marriages cannot resume in California until after the court hears an appeal from the groups who fought to uphold Prop 8.
“[T]he exclusion [of same-sex couples from marriage] exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage,” wrote Walker in August. “That time has passed.”
The case has since been appealed, though Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to defend the case. Supporters of Prop 8 have had to hire legal representation to defend the measure.