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Prop. 8 appeal hearing will be televised live, court says

By Beat News Service November 17, 2010 No Comments Print Share

SAN FRANCISCO — A Dec. 6 hearing regarding California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex couples from getting married, will be televised live, a federal appellate court said Wednesday.

The two-hour hearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will be carried in real-time on C-SPAN, with video being provided to other broadcast outlets in a pool arrangement, the court said.

Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in November 2008, but its opponents filed a federal lawsuit over the constitutionality of the voter-approved initiative.

A U.S District Court judge in San Francisco ruled this summer that the proposition is unconstitutional, saying that it infringes on the equal protection rights. Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, but stayed the ruling pending an appeal by the initiative’s sponsors.

The Dec. 6 hearing will start at 10 a.m.

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