Watch: Yesterday’s Full Prop 8 Appeal Hearing at the 9th Circuit


If you missed yesterday's historic televised hearing of appeal arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to Proposition 8, here's the full two and a half hours.


The L.A. Times suggested that the 9th Circuit appeared to be trying to find a way to restore same-sex marriage in California without sending the case to the Supreme Court:

Federal appeals court judges Monday seemed headed toward a decision that could reinstate same-sex marriages in California while avoiding a ruling of national sweep that would invite U.S. Supreme Court action.

The judges explored at least two routes that could achieve that goal. One would be a ruling that California, having granted marriage rights to same-sex couples, could not take them away by popular vote. The other would avoid a decision on the constitutional issues by declaring that gay-marriage opponents lacked the legal standing to appeal a lower court striking down Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that amended the state Constitution.

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