Court Sets Schedule for Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com November 16 2010 2:50 PM ET

The U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit announced Monday that oral arguments set for December 6 in the Proposition 8 lawsuit will begin with the question of
whether supporters of the antigay California ballot measure have standing to
appeal the case.

The court will divide oral arguments into two hour-long sessions.

The first hour will center on the issue of standing: Antigay groups who defended Prop. 8 in court will be asked to argue why they have the right to appeal, as will representatives from Imperial County, which has attempted to intervene in the suit.

The second hour will be devoted to arguments on the constitutionality of Prop. 8, which was passed by voters in 2008 and struck down by U.S. district judge Vaughn Walker in August.