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The State Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. Gay rights groups plan a challenge on next year’s ballot. Plus, Governor Schwarzenegger’s latest ideas for cutting the budget. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court, a federal judge with 17 years on the bench. We hear about her legal credentials and her “common touch.” Is she “an activist judge?”

Banner image: Cathy Refaely comforts her partner Cheri Schroeder (R) in their attorney's offices in Los Angeles, as they learn that the California Supreme Court has upheld Prop 8, which will make it impossible for them to get married in the state. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Main Topic Credentials and Criticisms of Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor 22 MIN, 8 SEC

President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court.  She has a total of 17 years' experience on the federal bench. The daughter of Puerto Rican parents was nominated to the US District Court by President George H.W. Bush, and promoted to the Federal Court of Appeals by Bill Clinton.

Joan Biskupic, Reuters (@JoanBiskupic)
Marge Baker, Executive VP for Policy and Program Planning, People at the American Way
Ed Whelan, Ethics and Public Policy Center (@EdWhelanEPPC)

Making News Schwarzenegger Follow Through on Deeper Budget Cuts 6 MIN, 2 SEC

Last week’s failure of all 5 budget propositions left a state deficit that’s $21 billion and growing.  Governor Schwarzenegger promised to make it all up with cuts, and today he began getting specific, as we hear from Evan Halper, Sacramento Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Main Topic State Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8 Ban on Same-Sex Marriage 24 MIN, 45 SEC

Last May, in a 4-to-3 ruling, the State Supreme said same-sex marriage was a constitutional right. In November, the voters amended the Constitution to ban it.  In the meantime, 18,000 gay and lesbian couples had tied the knot. Today, the court upheld Proposition 8 by a vote of 6-to-1, and also held that last year’s marriages are still in effect.

Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
Austin Nimocks, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund
Brad Sears, Executive Director, UCLA's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Policy
Malcolm Maclachlan, Reporter for the Capitol Weekly

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