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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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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