An Idaho jurist will be part of a three-judge panel next week, scheduled to hear arguments in the legal battle over California's ban on same-sex marriage.
The panel, announced Monday, includes N. Randy Smith, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Smith was associate and assistant general counsel for the J.R. Simplot Company, professor at Boise State and Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in the 1990s. Smith was named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.
Also on the panel will be Judge Stephen Reinhardt of California—dubbed the "lion of the left" for a career of liberal rulings—and Judge Michael Daly Hawkins of Arizona, considered a moderate.
The Ninth Circuit will hear arguments beginning Monday, Dec. 6, in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling this summer striking down Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.