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SAN DIEGO – Want to watch the California Supreme Court’s hearing this morning on the crucial issue of legal standing, as it applies to the federal appeal of Proposition 8?
The hearing will be televised live starting at 10 am today on The California Channel. [Editor's note: Apparently the demand to watch crashed the server for a while, but it's back online.]
You can also view the telecast at San Diego LGBT Pride offices, 3620 30th St. in North Park. Doors open at 9 am.
Supporters of Proposition 8 have appealed the ruling by federal district Judge Vaughn Walker that Prop 8, which took away marriage equality for gays and lesbians in California, was unconstitutional on several grounds. California’s governor and attorney general said they would abide by Judge Walker’s ruling, but the Prop 8 supporters appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In January, after the three-judge appeals court panel grilled attorneys for the Prop 8 supporters about whether they had legal standing to file an appeal when the state refused, the bench asked the California Supreme Court to review the standing issue:
“Whether under Article II, Section 8 of the California Constitution, or otherwise under California law, the official proponents of an initiative measure possess either a particularized interest in the initiative’s validity or the authority to assert the State’s interest in the initiative’s validity, which would enable them to defend the constitutionality of the initiative upon its adoption or appeal a judgment invalidating the initiative, when the public officials charged with that duty refuse to do so.”
Because of the importance and interest in the hearing, California’s high court approved a live statewide telecast of the oral arguments on the California Channel, a statewide public affairs network.