Patt Morrison for December 6, 2010

Prop 8 lives on: judges hear oral arguments today

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Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage hold signs as they wait for a decision to lift a stay that would allow same-sex couples to marry in California August 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

The fate of Perry v. Schwarzenegger – the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8’s constitutionality – will be decided by a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which convened this morning at 10 am (Monday, December 6). Some gay marriage advocates worry that Perry v. Schwarzenegger seems fast tracked for the Supreme Court, forcing a national showdown on gay marriage. We hear about those arguments and the judges’ reactions from our KPCC reporter, Julie Small, who was in courtroom.

Guests:

Julie Small, KPCC reporter in Sacramento

Frank Stoltze, KPCC political reporter

David Cruz, professor of law at the University of Southern California where he teaches constitutional law focusing on civil rights and equality issues, including equal marriage rights for same-sex couples

Ed Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank dedicated to applying Judeo-Christian moral tradition to public policy; he’s written and blogged extensively on the Prop 8 case


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