Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court will hear arguments over same-sex weddings.

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 - are set to hear arguments Monday on gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii.

The 9th Circuit in 2012 invalidated California's Proposition 8 because it singled out a minority group for disparate treatment for no compelling reason. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case last year without ruling on the legal merits of gay marriage.

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