Judge refuses to quit Prop 8 case
SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) -- Supporters of Proposition 8 have dropped their attempt to stop a federal appeals court judge from considering the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban.
The group had asked Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to remove himself from the three-judge panel considering the appeal next week.
The backers question Reinhardt's impartiality because he is married to lawyer Ramona Ripston, who heads the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern California office. The ACLU is an outspoken opponent of Proposition 8.
Reinhardt refused to recuse himself from the panel, saying he would impartially decide the case.
With that, supporters of Proposition 8 said they would accept the judge's decision.
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