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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Returns to Court of Appeals Today

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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.