The California Supreme Court has announced that an upcoming hearing on Proposition 8, the state's gay marriage ban, will be televised.

According to the San Francisco Appeal, Lynn Holton, a spokesperson for the court, said that intense public interest in the case has prompted the court to approve a live broadcast of the hearing on the California Channel, a public affairs network.

The hearing will likely provide valuable insight into how the justices might rule on the matter.

The latest round in the ongoing fight to overturn the 2008 voter-approved constitutional ban could be the last.

The state Supreme Court has been asked to rule on whether proponents of Proposition 8 have the legal standing to defend it in court., the socially conservative group that put Proposition 8 on the ballot, last year stepped in to appeal a federal judge's ruling declaring the law unconstitutional after state officials refused to defend the law in court.

At issue is whether the group has the legal right to represent the people of California in the lawsuit.

If the high court decides proponents do not have the legal standing to intervene, then the federal 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 the state.

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