Appeals court to hear same-sex marriage cases July
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
June 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A state appeals court announced
yesterday it will hear arguments in San Francisco on July 10 on
whether same-sex couples in California have a constitutional right
A Court of Appeal panel will spend a full day hearing arguments
in six consolidated cases. Four of the cases were filed by supporters
of same-sex marriage and the other two were filed by opponents.
The state of California and conservative groups are appealing
a decision in which San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard
Kramer ruled last year that the California constitution gives
same-sex couples a right to marry.
Kramer said that California laws requiring marriage to be between
a man and a woman violate the equal treatment guarantee of the
After hearing the arguments on July 10, the appeals court will
have 90 days to issue a written ruling.
That ruling seems certain to be appealed to the California Supreme
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