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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Editorial: Discrimination on Trial, but Not on TV

The New York Times
January 14, 2010

The Prop 8 trial that started on Monday in San Francisco could have been a moment for the entire nation to witness a calm, deliberative debate on the freedom to marry in the era of instant communications. Instead, the United States Supreme Court made it a sad example of the quashing of public discourse by blocking the televising of the nonjury trial. [Link]

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Supreme Court says ‘no’ to cameras at California Prop 8 Trial

Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2010
The Supreme Court on Wednesday indefinitely blocked cameras from covering the high-profile federal court trial on the constitutionality of California's ban on the freedom to marry. Trial judge, Vaughn R. Walker, had authorized real-time streaming of the proceedings and contemplated posting recordings of the trial on the court's Web site after several hours of delay. A conservative 5-4 majority ruled against streaming the trial to other courts. [Link]

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Shannon Minter: Prop 8 Trial Proceedings, Day 2

Pam's House Blend
January 12, 2010
NLCR Legal Director Shannon Minter reports that the plaintiffs had another strong day in court on day 2 of the federal Proposition 8 trial. Harvard Professor Nancy Cott concluded her testimony on the history of marriage, and Yale Professor George Chauncey testified about how government discrimination is tied to anti-gay stereotypes. [Link]

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Video: Rachel Maddow Interviews Ted Olson and David Boies

MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show
January 12, 2010

Rachel Maddow interviews Ted Olson and David Boies, the two lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial. Olson: "David and I agree that it isn't a liberal or conservative battle. It's an issue about American rights, American decency, American values, liberty and equal treatment of individuals who are American citizens just like the rest of us." [Link]

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Historian Testifies in Support of Marriage Equality

San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2010

On the second day of the Proposition 8 trial, historian and Harvard Professor Nancy Cott compared the rationale offered by Proposition 8 supporters with that used by past advocates of the subordination of women in marriage. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Prop 8 is simply unconstitutional

CNN
January 12, 2010
Lisa Bloom: "As a civil rights lawyer for 23 years, there is no question at all in my mind that as a matter of constitutional law, the federal court must strike down any law that creates a subclass of Americans, shutting them out of legal privileges and protections available to others, merely because they are gay. Demeaning and disrespecting gay people is a constitutional affront" [Link]

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Prop 8: An offspring of the Anita Bryant crusade?

Keen News Service
January 12, 2010

Attorneys challenging Prop 8 in California painted the “Yes on 8” campaign today as a modern day copycat of Anita Bryant’s 1970s campaign to “Save the Children.” Gay-history scholar George Chauncey of Yale University testified that Bryant and her team made two arguments: “That simple tolerance of gays would mean they’ll become role models so kids would become gay,” and that gays are child molesters - and that these false arguments have been used by the proponents of Prop 8. [Link]

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Ted Olson, A Conservative For Civil Rights

The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)
January 11, 2010
Andrew Sullivan on attorney Ted Olson and his Newsweek essay "A Conservative for Civil Rights": "I’ve spent much of the last decade being more and more depressed by the direction of American conservatism. Ted Olson reminds me why I should hold out hope." [Link]

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