US Supreme Court hears arguments on CA Prop 8: audio and transcript

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
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Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage.

California voters approved Prop 8 as a constitutional amendment in 2008 but it was struck down by a federal appeals court.

California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, filed a federal lawsuit in May 2009 to overturn the same-sex marriage ban that voters approved the previous November. The ballot measure halted same-sex unions in California, which began in June 2008 after a ruling from the California Supreme Court.

Roughly 18,000 couples were wed in the nearly five months that same-sex marriage was legal and those marriages remain valid in California.

The high-profile case has brought together onetime Supreme Court opponents. Theodore Olson, a Republican, and Democrat David Boies are leading the legal team representing the same-sex couples. They argued against each other in the Bush v. Gore case that settled the disputed 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush.

The case is Hollingsworth v. Perry, 12-144.

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Information from the AP was used in this report

SCOTUS Prop8 argument transcript

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