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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Prop 8 Trial: Psychologist Testifies on ‘Remarkable Similarities’ of Gay and Straight Couples

Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2010
Letitia Peplau, a psychology professor testifying Wednesday in the Proposition 8 trial, said that studies have found that the quality of gay and lesbian relationships is "the same" as those of heterosexual partners. [Link]

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COLUMN: Prop. 8 Backers’ Procreation Argument Doesn’t Ring True

Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2010
George Skelton attacks claims by supporters of Proposition 8 who say that the principal purpose of American marriages in the 21st century is procreation: "[W]e all know happily married, childless couples who benefit society without ever propagating. Some can't produce children. Some choose not to. Some adopt. Some bring cats or dogs into the family. Whatever works. It's really nobody's business -- least of all the government's." [Link]

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Supreme Court cites ‘irreparable harm’ in blocking Prop. 8 trial footage

Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2010
In a sharply divided 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to continue to block the broadcast of video from the federal Proposition 8 trial. They criticized a decision made by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to broadcast the coverage. [Link]

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