A federal appeals panel in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments on Monday in the landmark challenge to Proposition 8 -– California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Following is a replay of today’s hearing, courtesy of PBS. The hearing is shown in two parts:
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The hearing lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours and addressed two questions. Both sides first addressed the issue of standing. Plaintiff’s attorney David Boies faced off against the proponents of Prop. 8 and Imperial County, arguing that they lack the requirements necessary to appeal the Federal District Court decision.
After the hour allotted to the standing question, there was a short recess — part 2 of the video picks up with arguments on the merits of the case. Theodore B. Olson argued that marriage is a fundamental right, denying that right to gay and lesbian Americans harms them and their families, and that Prop. 8 violates our nation’s promise of equality for all.