Economist: Evidence Backing Freedom to Marry Is In

The Associated Press
January 20, 2010

Gay couples in some parts of the United States have been able to wed for long enough to conclude that expanding the freedom to marry to other states would not undermine traditional marriages, a University of Massachusetts economist testified during a trial on California's Prop 8. [Link]

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‘Plan B’ may be marriage winner in New Jersey

The Times of Trenton
January 18, 2010

Two weeks ago, the New Jersey Senate defeated a bill to legalize the freedom to marry. Now the bill's backers are readying Plan B. They believe they have a powerful case to make before the New Jersey Supreme Court -- and that opponents of marriage equality, in what one advocate privately calls "a stunning legal blunder," have helped strengthen it. [Link]

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How the Supreme Court managed to insult both the law and the public

Slate.com
January 16, 2010
Dahlia Lithwick criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial: "One cannot argue that the majority of California citizens wanted to ban the freedom to marry and should be respected while also claiming that supporters of such an initiative are a fragile, oppressed minority who must testify in dark sunglasses in dark rooms." [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Coming to YouTube—as a Reenactment

NBCBayArea.com
January 19, 2010

After the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial, a filmmaker in Southern California will film reenactments of trial based on partial transcripts and post the reenactments on YouTube. [Link]

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Proposition 8 trial turns its attention to children

Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2010
On Friday the attention of the Proposition 8 trial turned to children, with Michael Lamb, head of Cambridge University's Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, testifying that having a gay or lesbian parent "does not make children more likely to be maladjusted." [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Witness: Marriage Made Her Feel Like Family

The Associated Press
January 15, 2010
Helen Zia testified in the federal Proposition 8 trial on Friday and said that being married to her partner Lia Shigemura "made it very clear that I was family, that we were family, and I was where I belonged." [Link]

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Op-Ed: An Odd Couple Defends Couples That Some (Oddly) Find Odd

The New York Times
January 16, 2010
In 2000, Ted Olson and David Boies sparred with each other in Washington over which candidate would marry the country. Now they have joined forces here to spar with Prop 8 defenders over who can marry. Olson: “We’re not treating them [the LGBT community] like Americans. We’re not treating them like citizens.” [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Judge Vaughn Walker Has Dealt With Other Gay Rights Cases

The Associated Press
January 19, 2010
Lisa Leff profiles Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker and writes that he is reportedly known for being a "very creative thinker." Walker has also ruled in at least two cases involving LGBT equality issues, ruling in favor of LGBT rights in both instances. [Link]

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Dueling portraits of Prop. 8 backers at trial

San Francisco Chronicle
January 18, 2010
While Prop. 8's sponsors attempt to frame their supporters as benign parents and family members motivated by their faith and concern for their children, the marriage equality side is working to expose the more sinister picture of fearmongers appealing to prejudice. Their prime example has been William Tam, who sent a letter to churchgoing supporters during the Prop 8 campaign warning that "other states would fall into Satan's hands" if Prop. 8 lost. They plan to call Tam as a witness this week. [Link]

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Supreme Court to decide whether Washington State can release names of anti-gay rights petition signe

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2010
The Supreme Court on Friday got involved for the second time this week in a case in which opponents of gay rights fear they will be harassed if their views are made public. Earlier this week, the court's conservative majority decided to block televising the Prop 8 trial in California based on fears of harassment of anti-gay witnesses. [Link]

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