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All 3 members of today’s 9th Circuit panel have previously ruled in favor of gay rights

As the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to take up arguments on Idaho's invalidated ban on same-sex marriage - the state has appealed the U.S. District Court decision to the 9th Circuit - the L.A. Times is reporting that all three judges on the 9th Circuit panel today - Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Marsha Berzon and Ronald Gould - have previously ruled in favor of gay rights. Reinhardt wrote the court's decision striking down California's Proposition 8. Berzon joined Reinhardt in a January decision, Smith-Kline, that held that gays can't be excluded from juries because of their sexual orientation. And Gould wrote a ruling in 2008 that reinstated a lawsuit by a military nurse who was fired under the nation's previous "don't ask, don't tell" policy for members of the military. L.A. Times reporter Maura Dolan's report is online here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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