Prop 8 Trial, Day Nine

Pam's House Blend
January 25, 2010
NCLR's Shannon Minter discusses the ninth day of the Proposition 8 trial: "This has been an unbelievable week, with testimony that ranged from highly technical and informative to deeply personal, emotional, and moving. The plaintiffs put on an impressive array of witnesses whose testimony, taken as a whole, overwhelmingly supports their case and underscores the profound harm Prop 8 has caused to LGBT people." [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Witness: Being Gay Not a Choice

The Associated Press
January 25, 2010
University of California, Davis researcher Gregory Herek was called as the final expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial Friday and testified that sexual orientation cannot be changed. The point is central to the plaintiffs' effort to show that gays deserve the same judicial protection as racial and ethnic minorities. [Link]

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Columbia Professor Says Prop 8 Adds to Gay Health Woes

The Associated Press
January 15, 2010

Ilan Meyer, a Columbia University professor of social sciences, testified on Thursday that Proposition 8 sent a message of "you are not welcome here" to gay and lesbian people and that it contributed to social stigma that makes gay people more susceptible to substance abuse, depression, and suicide. [Link]

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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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Professional Associations Back Marriage Equality

OnTop Magazine
August 10, 2009

Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) have adopted resolutions backing GLBT rights, including the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Genetic Marker Tied to Gay-Rights Support

The Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2009

Quinnipiac University's Peter A. Brown writes that recent polling indicates that, "The best indicators of someone's opinion on [marriage equality] may be if they have openly gay friends or relatives and whether they think homosexuality is a choice or a genetic trait over which people have no control." [Link]

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Civil Marriage Is a Healthy Choice

Washington Post
March 15, 2009

Peter Beilenson, the health officer of Howard County, writes, "This month, the Maryland General Assembly again will hear arguments in favor of granting same-sex couples the ability to legally marry...what about the strong body of evidence that married couples fare much better, both physically and psychologically, than unmarried, cohabitating couples? This evidence alone illustrates that denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage is, quite simply, relegating them to inferior health status." (Link)

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Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments Spark Psychological Distress Among GLBT Adults and Their Families

Newswire
November 18, 2008
Amendments that restrict civil marriage from same-sex couples – such as Proposition 8 that recently passed in California – have led to higher levels of stress and anxiety among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, as well as among their families of origin, according to several new studies to be published by the American Psychological Association. [Link]
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Gay Pair-Bonding, Marriage is Natural

The Huffington Post
July 11, 2008
"Much of the anti-gay-marriage argument rests on two commonly held assumptions: Life-long exclusive mate-bonding for purposes of rearing joint offspring is natural, and homosexuality is unnatural. Both assumptions have little basis in fact." [Link]

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