Prop. 8 Appeal Goes Before Federal Court
- Nathan Black - Christian Post Reporter
- Dec 6, 2010
Attorneys on both sides of the Proposition 8 debate are heading back to court on Monday to make arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A three-judge panel is hearing an appeal of a federal judge's decision made in August. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker had declared Proposition 8 – California's amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman – to be unconstitutional.
On Monday, the 9th Circuit will weigh whether proponents of the amendment have legal standing to challenge the ruling. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have both refused to appeal the decision, leaving ProtectMarriage.com and Imperial County to defend the measure.
The panel will also consider the long-debated issue of whether a ban on same-sex marriage violates federal constitutional rights.
According to the Alliance Defense Fund, which filed the appeal with ProtectMarriage.com's Andrew Pugno, what's at stake in the court battle is more than marriage – it's America's democratic system.
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