A heavy burden for the Prop 8 defenders

LGBT POV
January 12, 2010

Karen Ocamb offers a comprehensive review of the first day of testimony at the federal Proposition 8 trial. [Link]

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Video: Children benefit from Marriage Equality

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
January 11, 2010

Pete Williams reports on the Proposition 8 trial and speaks to some of the case's plaintiffs about marriage equality and how that commitment changes the family. He also speaks with Ted Olson, lawyer for the plaintiffs. [Link]

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Plaintiff says Prop. 8 ‘means I’m unequal’

San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2010
The federal trial for Proposition 8 began on Monday. Paul Katami, who is one of the plaintiffs in the case, testified and said that the passage of Proposition 8 means that he is considered "unequal" in California. [Link]

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Accidental Activists

Newsweek.com
January 12, 2010

Eve Conant profiles the plaintiffs of the Proposition 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The couples, who say they weren't particularly involved in the NO on 8 campaign, say that they got involved because they never thought that "other people could take away rights." [Link]

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Tearful Testimony on Discrimination at Prop. 8 Trial

The Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2010
The federal Proposition 8 trial began on Monday with lawyers and witnesses discussing sexual orientation and the meaning of marriage. The day was dominated by testimony from the plaintiff couples, who talked about their lives and relationships. [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial: The Child Factor

The Gaggle (Newsweek)
January 12, 2010

Eve Conant reports that children are playing an important role in the federal Proposition 8 trial thus far. The anti-gay defense argued that marriage equality could "de-institutionalize" marriage from one that is "pro-child and pro-procreation," while the plaintiffs are arguing that the use of children in Prop 8 ads has had a discriminatory effect on gay people. [Link]

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Video: Rachel Maddow on First Day of Prop 8 Trial

MSNBC.com
January 11, 2010

Rachel Maddow discusses the Proposition 8 trial, which began Monday in San Francisco, CA, including the US Supreme Court's decision to at least temporarily block plans to broadcast the trial. [Link]

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Judge Has Tough Questions in CA Prop 8 Trial

The Associated Press
January 12, 2010

The Proposition 8 trial, the first federal trial on the constitutionality of a state's ban on marriage equality, began Monday in San Francisco, Calif. U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker repeatedly voiced an expectation that he will require both sides to provide evidence for their arguments. [Link]

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Personal Focus as Prop 8 Trial Opens in California

The New York Times
January 11, 2010
The federal Proposition 8 trial, which began Monday, took an immediately personal turn as plaintiffs discussed what it means to be gay and the importance of marriage. Lawyers for Prop 8's backers focused on claims about how marriage for gay couples might affect what children are taught in schools. [Link]

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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

The Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court, acting Monday on an appeal from the backers of Proposition 8, temporarily stayed U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to post video of the Proposition 8 trial on YouTube. It added that the temporary order "will remain in effect until Wednesday, Jan. 13." [Link]

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