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Prop 8 Supporters Ask Judge to Be Removed From Panel

Nadia Chayka, left, and her fiance Luke Otterstad, both proponents of Proposition 8, hold up a sign outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Monday, December 6th is a date long-awaited by those following the ongoing legal battle over California's Proposition 8, which ostensibly banned same-sex marriage in the state back in November 2008, as that is the date when oral arguments for the appeal of the controversial prop will be heard by a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, proponents of the prop have thrown a wrench in the works of the proceedings, when last night they "filed papers with the court asking that Judge Stephen Reinhardt be removed from the panel as he is married to Ramona Ripston, the longtime executive director of the ACLU of Southern California," according to Variety's Wilshire & Washington blog. The ACLU "has been involved in the fight for same-sex marriage."

In the past, Reinhardt "has recused himself from other cases that involved ACLU/SC."

Monday's hearing is intended to determine if U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional should be overturned.