The first part of the session dealt with the issue of whether the Proposition 8 proponents filing the appeal had standing, the right to intervene in the case, since California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown had both declined to appeal a lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
The hearing’s second part addressed the constitutional question raised by Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling in U.S. District Court: Does a marriage ban violate the equal protection and due process rights of same-sex couples, as represented by the plaintiffs, one gay and one lesbian couple.
And follow along on KQED’s live blog of the event, by Dan Brekke.
- Pre-hearing primers
- Scott Shafer interviews Kris Perry, one of the plaintiffs in the case, and Robert Tyler, lawyer-for-the defense who is acting on behalf of Imperial County.
- Ted Olson, Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Legal Warrior (Nina Totenberg, NPR)