The judges have been named for the Perry v. Schwarzenegger (aka Proposition 8 ) hearing on December 6, by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They are:
The judges were appointed by Carter, Clinton, and George W. Bush, respectively. San Diego Gay & Lesbian News provides brief backgrounds on each.
As KQED's Scott Shafer blogged recently, the panel will first consider whether supporters of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, have legal standing in the case. Then the court will hear arguments on whether the ban is unconstitutional, which U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker declared in August.
The hearing is just the latest round in the ongoing, topsy-turvy saga of gay and lesbian marriage in California, in which all legal victories have, thus far, proved temporary.