9th Circ. Weighs Prop 8 Constitutionality, Standing

Law360, New York (December 6, 2010, 7:04 PM EST) -- Advocates and foes of gay marriage sparred before a federal appeals court Monday in a case over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that effectively banned same-sex marriage, debating the meaning of marriage and whether the initiative's supporters have standing to bring the suit after state officials declined to pursue it.

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard over two hours worth of arguments over whether the state can distinguish between heterosexual and same-sex marriage....
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