Join our live chat for the Prop. 8 arguments. We’ll start at 12:30 PM ET

The oral arguments in the Prop. 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, will be heard today at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET. The proceedings will be broadcast live on C-SPAN. And, we’ll be hosting a live chat during the arguments. Our chat will begin at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 PM PT. We’ll be joined by our own California lawyer/activist Liz Newcomb and our special guest is USC Constitutional Law Professor David Cruz, who “is a constitutional law expert focusing on civil rights and equality issues, including equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.”

Chad Griffin, the Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, wrote a post on what to expect at the hearing. AFER brought this lawsuit on behalf of plantiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

Liz Newcomb posted a backgrounder last night with the key documents.

Lisa Keen wrote a very helpful and informative article, Viewers’ Guide to Prop 8 argument December 6, which can be found here.

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