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The California Supreme Court has announced it will release its opinion Thursday on whether supporters of California's ban on same-sex marriage have legal standing to defend the measure in federal court.

The court will release the opinion at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the court website.

Passed by voters in 2008, Proposition 8 is under legal review by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justices asked the state high court to consider the question of whether proponents of the measure have legal standing to defend it under the California constitution.

The question became important after then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and then-Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to defend the measure.


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