The California Supreme Court is now hearing oral arguments on overturning Proposition 8. The hearing began this hour at 9am local time, noon on the East Coast.
Arguing against the ban will be Shannon Minter, the National Center for Lesbian Rights attorney who successfully argued the gay marriage case before the high court. The NCLR is joined by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, who filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the voter-approved amendment. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles also joined the case and a legal opinion by California Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Pepperdine University Law School Dean Kenneth Starr will argue in
defense of Proposition 8 and on behalf of the measure's sponsors.
Starr is a former U.S. solicitor general and the former independent counsel
who investigated President Bill Clinton.