American Foundation for Equal Rights

Broadcast of 9th Circuit Oral Arguments

Part One

Part Two

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments of AFER’s federal court challenge to Prop. 8 on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 10 a.m. PST to 12:30 p.m. PST.

Both sides first addressed the issue of standing. David Boies faced off against the proponents of Prop. 8 and Imperial County, arguing that they lack the requirements necessary to appeal the Federal District Court decision.

Then, after  a short recess, each side argued the merits of the case. Theodore B. Olson asserted that marriage is a fundamental right, denying that right to gay and lesbian Americans harms them and their families, and that Prop. 8 violates our nation’s promise of equality for all.