SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time since it declared California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that’s vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012.
State and federal court judges have been striking down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.
Now, three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — all appointed by Democrats and one whom wrote the opinion overturning Proposition 8 — are set to hear arguments Monday on gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii.
“It seemed like such an uphill battle when I started,” said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “I really couldn’t imagine then that we would be where we are now.”
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