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|Prop 8 battle resumes Sept. 6|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|August 01, 2011 12:33|
The legal battle over California's Proposition 8 will resume in September as the state's high court will take up the issue over whether supporters of a ballot initiative have the authority to fight court rulings if the state's governor and attorney general refuse to do so, according to the Associated Press.
The court will hear arguments on Sept. 6.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in August 2010 that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to challenge Walker's ruling.
Jerry Brown is now the governor of California.
Backers of the ban stepped in to defend the law in court, but the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering an appeal of Walker's ruling, asked the state's supreme court to determine whether the backers had legal standing to defend the law in the absence of government representation.
The arguments before the court are scheduled to be televised, according to multiple reports.
Top photo: Atlantans joined LGBT rights advocates in cities around the country who hosted rallies and celebrations Aug. 4 to mark the federal court ruling overturning Proposition 8. (by Dyana Bagby)
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