Federal appeals court hears Proposition 8 case
December 7th, 2010
08:22 AM ET
12 years ago

Federal appeals court hears Proposition 8 case

(CNN) - Attorneys on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate faced off Monday in a federal appeals court in California, as a panel of judges heard arguments about the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

In August, a federal judge ruled that the voter-approved measure, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered an appeal of that judge's ruling Monday.

The three-judge panel opened Monday's hearing with tough questioning of parties seeking to appeal the decision, including ProtectMarriage.com and Isabel Vargas, who's a deputy clerk and deputy commissioner of civil marriages for Imperial County, California, where voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 8.

Filed under: California • Proposition 8
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    I wonder if the judges ever read the constitution. We will know when we get their ruling.

    December 7, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. stufit

    Is judicial activism by democral liberal appointed court judges about to thwart the demonstrated will of the people again. Democrat liberals don't care what people want, only what their ideology says that people should want, because you have to remember, they know better. That is why the have no qualms about stealing the money of hard working, tax-paying Americans to give to their supporters. Rather than going after the rich, go after the 50% of the American people that don't pay taxes, which represent 99% of the Obozo and democrat liberal supporters.

    December 7, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Any argument in favor of the "voter-approved" Proposition 8 is so ridiculous that there is no reason to argue against the proposition.
    Many Americans also approved slavery and segregation. The smartest Americans knew better, even when they selfishly approved those "traditions."
    Southern ministers used Biblical quotes to uphold segregation.
    It's all too silly.

    December 7, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just wait for the major spending cuts to begin, Democrats. This is what happens when you listen to the likes of Melissa Lacewell Harris, Rachel Maddow, Ed Shultz, and those many other *activists* who ever so lightly hinted that perhaps gays, lesbians, women, African Americans, Latinos, and other *disenfranchised* Americans should offer a protest vote by staying home (perhaps not THIS mid term election) but in future elections. Well, it worked. To the satisfaction of the GOPers. You only have yourselves to blame. There will be much gnashing of teeth come redistricting time in all the newly controlled Republican state districts ... you know the ones, those that once were blue, but now are red.

    December 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |