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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to release its opinion on the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday morning.

The appeals court is deciding whether to uphold or reverse a federal judge's 2010 ruling that Proposition 8, which was approved by voters in 2008, was unconstitutional. Regardless of the outcome, the decision is expected to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

The opinion will be posted online at 10 a.m, according to a press release from the court.

The opinion is also expected to address Proposition 8 proponents' argument that the federal court ruling should be thrown out on the basis that the judge in that case, Vaughn Walker, failed to disclose his own sexual orientation and the fact he had been in a long-term same-sex relationship. An earlier motion to that effect was dismissed by another U.S. District judge last year.

Editor's Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version to clarify the nature of the motion against Walker. Updated 12:30 p.m., Feb. 6, 2012.



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