LOS ANGELES , June 17 (UPI) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, without taking sides on its constitutionality, Wednesday urged a speedy legal review of California's law banning same-sex marriage.
The Republican governor filed a written response in federal court Tuesday to a federal challenge of Proposition 8, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"Plaintiffs' complaint presents important constitutional questions that require and warrant judicial determination," Schwarzenegger said. "In a constitutional democracy, it is the role of the courts to determine and resolve such questions. … The administration encourages the court to resolve the merits of this action expeditiously."
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is to hear arguments July 2 on whether Proposition 8 should be blocked until a trial determines its constitutionality.
The lawsuit argues that banning gay marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S Constitution.
California voters approved Proposition 8 in November, amending the state constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
Last week, California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a motion urging a federal appeals court to allow Proposition 8 to remain in force while a federal challenge is decided, the Times reported.