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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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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