The California Supreme Court will hear arguments September 6 on whether proponents of Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, have legal standing to defend it in court, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In February, the U.S 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked the high court to intervene on the question of standing.

After a federal judge in San Francisco declared the law unconstitutional, proponents of the 2008 voter-approved ballot measure appealed the ruling.

But state officials refused to defend the law in court, prompting, the socially conservative group that put Proposition 8 on the ballot, to step in.

The three-judge appeals panel heard oral arguments in the case in December, but the court said it “cannot consider this important constitutional question” until it resolves the issue of legal standing, and asked the high court to rule on the matter.

The justices have 90 days to decide on the issue of standing after the scheduled hearing.

If the high court decides proponents do not have the legal standing to intervene, then the lower court's order would likely become law, and the marriages of gay couples in California would resume. Such a resolution would have limited effect outside of the state.