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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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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