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Prop 8 Proponents File Appeal with Ninth Circuit

The proponents of Prop 8 file an appeal of Judge Walker’s decision with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as they had promised to do when the decision was handed down.  The circuit courts function as an intermediate step between the district court and the Supreme Court.  While all cases are guaranteed an appeal at the circuit court level, the Supreme Court has discretion about which cases it takes up, and it declines to hear most cases.  A 3-judge appeals panel will hear the case at the Ninth Circuit, but they have no specific deadlines under which they must consider the appeal.

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