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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Returns to Court of Appeals Today

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Photo from an August 4, 2010 rally by calvinfleming via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Photo from an August 4, 2010 rally by calvinfleming via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
The legal debate over the legality of ruling California's Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban, unconstitutional resumes today in San Francisco as a judicial panel convenes to hear oral arguments.

This morning at 10, arguments are set to be heard by a panel of three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to determine if a previous ruling by Judge Vaughan Walker should be upheld. Walker ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional; supporters of Prop 8 disagree, and filed an appeal, claiming Walker disregarded legal precedent in making his decision.

In the two-hour session, one part will be focused on determining if Prop 8 supporters have the right to appeal, according to a live report on KTLA, and one part will cover the merits of the case, to help determine if the court will hear the entire case.

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The plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger are two couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who have been together 10 years, and parent four sons in Berkeley, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a couple for nine years who live in Burbank. The four are sponsored by The American Foundation for Equal Rights, and their counsel is led by Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, "who notably faced-off in the Bush v. Gore case that decided the presidency in 2000," explains a press release.

C-Span will be airing the hearing live today.