June 4, 2012 | by Michael K. Lavers
Federal appeals court expected to issue Prop 8 appeal decision
Gay News, Washington Blade, Gay Marriage

David Boies, front, and Ted Olson. (Blade file photo)

A federal appeals court in San Francisco is expected to announce on Tuesday whether it will hear an appeal of a February ruling that struck down California’s voter-approved ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Proposition 8 supporters requested that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allow an 11-judge panel to reconsider the case “en banc” after a three-judge panel found that the Golden State’s ban on nuptials for gays and lesbians unconstitutional. Their ruling upheld now retired U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s Aug. 2010 decision that struck down Prop 8.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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