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Gay marriage foes to ask appeals court to review Prop. 8 ruling

February 21, 2012
(Allen J. Schaben…)

Opponents of same-sex marriage said Tuesday they planned to ask a federal appeals court to reconsider this month’s 2-1 ruling that struck down Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.

ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, will ask a larger panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the marriage dispute ruling instead of going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a spokeswoman.

The 9th Circuit would have to vote on whether to grant the extra layer of review. If a majority favors it, an larger panel will reconsider the constitutionality of the marriage ban and issue a ruling. Such as reconsideration could delay U.S. Supreme Court review by months or more than a year.

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-- Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

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