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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A Risky Proposal

The New Yorker
January 12, 2010

Margaret Talbot reviews what could be gained with a win in the Prop 8 case in California, but also the setback to the marriage equality movement that could result from a loss. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Backers Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Keep Trial Footage off YouTube

The Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2010
The anti-gay lawyers defending Proposition 8 urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block video coverage of this week's federal trial in San Francisco. The emergency appeal was filed with Justine Anthony M. Kennedy and argued that their client's right to a fair trial would be jeopardized if each day's proceedings were posted on YouTube. [Link]

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California’s marriage equality trial is an all-star, high-stakes affair

Slate
January 8, 2010
The trial about whether California's ban on the freedom to marry violates the fundamental right to equal protection under the federal Constitution, which will be broadcast on YouTube, has a star witness list with the potential to ignite all kinds of important conversations about marriage and discrimination. And yet, there are risks too. [Link]

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