Proving Animus

The Daily Dish - The Atlantic
January 14, 2010
One fascinating aspect of the Prop 8 trial is whether the proposition was a good faith effort to support what its backers think of as traditional marriage, or whether it was a campaign driven by animus to a small minority. Of course, proving intent on this is hard. Except when it isn't. The deposition of one of the "Official Proponents" of Prop 8, Harry Tam, is pretty devastating:

Question: “And it is your understanding that part of the gay agenda is legalizing underage sex?”

Answer: “Right.” [Link]

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Who’s Testifying in the Olson-Boies Trial and Why?

LGBT POV
January 14, 2010
Lambda Legal's Jenny Pizer explores the strategic importance of the witnesses the plaintiffs' attorneys are calling to the stand in the federal Proposition 8 trial. [Link]

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Shannon Minter: Prop 8 Trial - Day Four

Pam's House Blend
January 14, 2010
NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter reviews the fourth day of the federal Proposition 8 trial, which included Judge Walker's announcement that the case will not be broadcast and testimony from Edmund Egan, the chief economist for the City of San Francisco, and Dr. Ilan Meyer, an expert in the health consequences of anti-gay stigma. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Prop. 8, The Trial That Should Be Seen

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2010
Barry Friedman criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to ban broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial: "[T]hat the court ultimately decides (if it decides), and on what basis, will profoundly affect the terms of the debate. If matters of social change are going to be debated in the courts, we all should get to view the process -- and, through our reactions, to participate in it." [Link]

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D.C. Judge Rules Against Marriage Referendum

The Washington Post
January 15, 2010

A Washington, D.C. Court judge ruled that opponents of marriage equality cannot call for a ballot initiative to ban marriage between same-sex couples because it would promote discrimination against gay and lesbian people. [Link]

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The Freedom to Marry Pays Off, S.F. Economist Says

San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2010
Edmund Egan, an economist testifying in the Proposition 8 trial on Thursday said that marriage equality would reduce San Francisco's health and welfare costs because married people are healthier and wealthier than single people, and that marriage equality would generate a government revenue because there would be an increase in weddings. [Link]

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Columbia Professor Says Prop 8 Adds to Gay Health Woes

The Associated Press
January 15, 2010

Ilan Meyer, a Columbia University professor of social sciences, testified on Thursday that Proposition 8 sent a message of "you are not welcome here" to gay and lesbian people and that it contributed to social stigma that makes gay people more susceptible to substance abuse, depression, and suicide. [Link]

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Editorial: The marriage test

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2010
The anti-gay side in the Prop 8 trial this week probed for ways marriages between gay couples might be different from heterosexual marriages. We're sorry the topic even came up. Only in a hearing on marriage equality would we hear arguments judging whether a relationship between two adults is loving and committed enough to gain legal and social standing -- evidence on its own that homosexuals, who have long faced unreasoned hatred and abuse in many forms, are being singled out for the withholding of this basic societal right. [Link]

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American Foundation for Equal Rights Responds to Ban on Cameras

LGBT POV
January 13, 2010
Karen Ocamb publishes the response by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to ban the broadcast of the federal Proposition 8 trial. Also posted is the text of a letter used in the pro-Prop 8 campaign from anti-gay leader William Tam, who has requested to be removed from the defense. [Link] See pro-Prop 8 video below which caused Tam to request to withdraw from the trial:

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Shannon Minter: Prop 8 Trial, Day Three

Pam's House Blend
January 13, 2010
The third day of the federal Proposition 8 trial resumed with cross-examination of Yale Professor George Chauncey, who was asked about the progress lesbian and gay people have made politically and in popular culture. [Link]

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