The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. The court has provided rare same-day audio and written transcript of the proceedings.
The justices sounded closely split on gay marriage. However, Justice
His comments suggested that the court’s four most conservative justices voted to hear the California case. Had the justices turned down the appeal, as Kennedy suggested,
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the
In addition, the complete audio file of the hour-long session is available below.