Freedom to Marry Backers See Hostile Intent in Ban

The Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2010

Much of the focus by the pro-marriage equality plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial has been on the discrimination that gay and lesbian people face, especially in politics and religion. David Boies: "Every citizen has the right to decide for themselves what is moral, but no group of citizens has the right to discriminate against a minority." [Link]

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Official Prop. 8 Proponent Claims Freedom to Marry Can Harm Children

Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2010

An official proponent of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Thursday that he was involved in disseminating claims that marriage equality could cause children to become gay and spark legalization of sex with children, incest and polygamy. [Link]

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Videos: Two withdrawn witnesses for Supporters of Prop 8

YouTube
January 20, 2010
This week, the pro-Prop 8 side withdrew two people, Paul Nathanson, Ph.D. and Katherine Young, Ph.D, from their federal trial witness list, supposedly because of cameras in the courtroom though video of their depositions seem to indicate the witnesses would not have aided the case for the freedom to marry. [Link]



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Federal Worker Sues for Health Benefits

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

Karen Golinski, a lawyer for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, is suing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for failing to provide health care benefits to her partner, who she married in California. [Link]

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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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