A hearing of Perry v. Schwarzenegger – the lawsuit challenging California’s Proposition 8 – convenes this morning in San Francisco. California voters approved Prop 8, which bans same-sex couples from getting married, in November 2008. But its opponents filed a federal lawsuit over the constitutionality of the measure. This summer, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 infringes on equal protection rights. That decision was stayed, pending an appeal by Prop 8’s sponsors. Today’s hearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be decided by a three-judge panel. What are the issues and arguments this time around? Will gay marriage be legal again in California? Or is this just a pit stop on the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Julie Small, KPCC's State Capital Reporter
Peter Renn, Staff Attorney, LAMBDA Legal
Edward Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center; Former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter who is monitoring the Prop 8 hearing