Prop. 8 Challengers Highlight Religion’s Role in Anti-Gay Campaign

Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2010

The pro-freedom to marry plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial focused on religion in Wednesday's proceedings, with documents that indicated significant involvement of the Mormon and Catholic churches in the passage of Proposition 8, including an e-mail that praised the Mormon church for providing "financial, organizational and management contributions" for the measure. [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Ban Backer to Be Hostile Witness

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

Hak-Shing William Tam, a proponent of California’s freedom to marry ban, who warned that gay rights activists would try to legalize sex with children if Proposition 8 did not pass, is expected to be called as a hostile witness Thursday for two couples suing to overturn the measure. [Link]

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Professor Testifies Gays Are Politically Unpopular

The Associated Press
January 20, 2010

Stanford University Professor Gary M. Segura testified at the Proposition 8 trial on Wednesday. Segura said that gay people do not have a meaningful degree of political power -- as evidenced by, among other things, hate crime statistics, relatively low numbers of gay office holders, and the success rate of anti-gay ballot measures. [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial, Day Seven

Pam's House Blend
January 21, 2010

NCLR's Shannon Minter discusses the Proposition 8 trial Wednesday at which Ryan Kendall, a gay man who was subject to forced conversion therapy as a teenager, testified. [Link]

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Evan Wolfson: 14 Years After Hawaii: New Freedom to Marry Case in California; Same Old, Same Old Fro

The Huffington Post
January 21, 2010
Evan Wolfson summarizes advances in the marriage landscape from the historic Baehr v. Miike case in Hawaii in 1996 (which was televised on Court TV), for which he was co-counsel, to the current Prop 8 trial going on in California. One thing that he notes hasn't advanced is the opposition's ability to defend the denial of marriage with anything better than what they had in 1996:
One other thing that hasn't changed since Hawaii is the failure of the anti-gay side to come up with anything better to defend the denial of marriage than they had in 1996. In a way, this is surprising, given that their lead attorney, Charles Cooper, was also the hired-gun brought in by the state of Hawaii to shore up its case in 1990's. It's not as if Cooper hasn't had time to think of an argument - so an exchange he had with Judge Walker was quite telling: Judge Walker asked, "What would be the harm of permitting gay men and lesbians to marry?" Cooper, replied, "Your Honor, my answer is: I don't know ... I don't know." Fundamentally, of course, their inability to defend the denial of marriage with real evidence and logic is not surprising; the reason smart lawyers like Mr. Cooper don't give a better answer to why marriage discrimination should be allowed to continue is that there isn't one. [Link]

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Transcripts from Prop 8 Trial Available Online

American Foundation for Equal Rights
January 20, 2010

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is posting transcripts of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger (Prop 8) trial on their website. All past days of the trial are already posted with subsequent day transcript posts planned as soon as they become available. [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial - Day Six

Pam's House Blend
January 20, 2010

NCLR's Shannon Minter reports on the sixth day of the federal Proposition 8 trial. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and economics Professor M.V. Lee Badgett both testified for the plaintiffs. [Link]

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San Diego Mayor Testifies About His Reversal on the Freedom to Marry

The Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2010
Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) testified in support of marriage equality on Tuesday in the federal Proposition 8 trial. Sanders, who has a lesbian daughter, said his previous opposition to the freedom to marry stemmed from prejudice. [Link]

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A Conservative Voice for the Freedom to Marry

The New Yorker
January 20, 2010

Margaret Talbot writes about San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' testimony at the Proposition 8 trial on Tuesday: "Sanders is a genuine conservative who, like many people with gay and lesbian family or friends, changed his mind on marriage equality, much to his own surprise." [Link]

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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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