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Appeals court sets hearing on Proposition 8

November 15, 2010 |  6:53 pm

A federal appeals court Monday scheduled a two-hour hearing on Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage initiative, for Dec. 6.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked attorneys on both sides to devote the first hour of the hearing to arguments on whether anyone has legal authority to appeal the August district court ruling that found the measure unconstitutional.

The second hour will be spent on questions of the measure's constitutionality.

California voters resurrected the state's ban on same-sex marriage in November 2008. The ruling against the measure by a federal judge in San Francisco is on hold pending the 9th Circuit's decision.

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-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco

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