The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to allow C-SPAN to broadcast the December 6 oral arguments in the appeal of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The law's sponsor,, is appealing U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker's August ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional.

The hearing's first hour will examine whether and Imperial County have legal authority, or standing, to appeal Walker's ruling. The groups intervened in the case after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and governor-elect Jerry Brown, as attorney general, refused to defend the law in court. In his ruling, Walker said he doubted the group's legal standing because they are not directly affected by the law.

The second hour will examine whether Proposition 8 violates the equal protection rights of gay and lesbian couples.

The plaintiffs – a gay couple and a lesbian couple who wish to marry – are being represented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a group formed to support the case.

The court's ruling is not expected to end the debate. Both sides have said they believe the case will reach the Supreme Court.