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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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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