Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, California's Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against the validity of Proposition 8, the controversial November ballot measure that barred same-sex unions in California by declaring marriage only for a man and a woman.
The debate will turn on the constitutional right of equal protection, the role of the judiciary and the power of the electorate in configuring the state constitution.
The high court's seven justices have asked for arguments on three key questions:
The hearing will be streamed live on sacbee.com and www.calchannel,com. It will also be broadcast live on the California Channel, which is available through cable networks across the state.
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