By PAUL ELIAS
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.