A Risky Proposal

The New Yorker
January 12, 2010

Margaret Talbot reviews what could be gained with a win in the Prop 8 case in California, but also the setback to the marriage equality movement that could result from a loss. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Backers Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Keep Trial Footage off YouTube

The Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2010
The anti-gay lawyers defending Proposition 8 urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block video coverage of this week's federal trial in San Francisco. The emergency appeal was filed with Justine Anthony M. Kennedy and argued that their client's right to a fair trial would be jeopardized if each day's proceedings were posted on YouTube. [Link]

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California’s marriage equality trial is an all-star, high-stakes affair

Slate
January 8, 2010
The trial about whether California's ban on the freedom to marry violates the fundamental right to equal protection under the federal Constitution, which will be broadcast on YouTube, has a star witness list with the potential to ignite all kinds of important conversations about marriage and discrimination. And yet, there are risks too. [Link]

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Historic Prop 8 trial begins today

Keen News Service
January 11, 2010
The trial to challenge Proposition 8 opens at 9 a.m. Pacific time this morning, and it promises to be an event of historic proportions for the LGBT community on many levels—legally, politically, and dramatically. In an unprecedented move, the trial is set to be broadcast live through closed circuit television to several federal courthouses, and will be available for delayed viewing on YouTube. [Link]

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High-Stakes Freedom to Marry Trial to Begin in California on Monday

The Associated Press
January 7, 2010

Lisa Leff previews next week's start of the federal Proposition 8 trial: "To prevail, Olson and Boies will try to prove that denying gays the right to wed serves no legitimate public purpose and that Proposition 8 was motivated by legally irrelevant religious or moral beliefs or even anti-gay bias." [Link]

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Column: Even defeat could benefit advocates of freedom to marry

The Bergen Record
January 8, 2010
Charles Stile explains that while marriage equality advocates may have been disappointed by yesterday's NJ senate vote, the process produced two strategic consolation prizes for their certain return to the court: consensus that the current civil union law simply isn't working, and failure of the legislative process to comply with a 2006 court order mandating equal legal rights and benefits for gay couples. [Link]

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New Jersey Senate Refuses to End Exclusion From Marriage, Flunking the Constitutional Command of Eq

Freedom to Marry
January 7, 2010


Lambda Legal
and Garden State Equality Going Back to Court to Seek
Freedom to Marry

Statement by Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry, following the New Jersey Senate’s failure to provide equal protection to same-sex couples in accordance with the unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court ruling of 2006:
Today the New Jersey Senate failed to do right by the New Jersey families harmed by exclusion from marriage, and the majority of the New Jersey public who support ending the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Legislators themselves, even opponents, have confirmed that the civil union law does not work to protect and support those families, and is no substitute for the freedom to marry. Freedom to Marry applauds Garden State Equality’s and Lambda Legal’s announcement that they are going back to court to fulfill the constitutional command of equality and secure the freedom to marry for committed couples in New Jersey. [Link]

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Judge: Marriage Equality Trial Can Be Shown on YouTube

The Associated Press
January 6, 2010
The federal Proposition 8 trial, which begins next week, will be shown as a delayed broadcast on YouTube, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday. Walker also said he would consider requests from witnesses who object to being recorded. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Foes Slam Plans to Televise Prop 8 Trial

The Washington Times (DC)
January 6, 2010
Attorneys for the anti-gay backers of Calif. Proposition 8 are arguing that televising the upcoming federal trial on the measure's constitutionality would "expose their witnesses to further harassment and intimidation." Judge Alex Kozinskin of the 9th Circuit says "We hope that being able to see and hear what transpires in the courtroom will lead to a better public understanding of our judicial processes and enhanced confidence in the rule of law." [Link]

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Malawi Denies Bail to Men Arrested for Marriage

Reuters
January 4, 2010

A court in Malawi on Monday denied bail to two men arrested last week on charges of public indecency after becoming the first gay couple to marry in a country were homosexuality is illegal. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were married in a traditional but symbolic ceremony in southern Malawi last month, attracting hundreds of curious onlookers. [Link]

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