Prop 8 Trial : Week 2 , the final phase
What’s up for today: On the plaintiffs’ side . . . – Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community. City Attorney Dennis Herrera will conduct the direct examination of Mayor Sanders. – M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will testify about the private harms caused by Prop. 8 and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples – Ryan Kendall, a gay man who will testify about the “conversation therapy” he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination. And on the defendants’ side . . . . Prop 8 Witness List Shrin
Although this Now Public author is down with flu, I did want to post one last article about Proposition 8 trial out in the high court of San Francisco, California. I think it is important, and I keep up courtesy of the LiveBlogging of the Prop trial kindly supplied by Courage Campaign Institute.
This is an historic trial of great import as it addresses the issue of the US Constitution and of States Rights.
The testimony coming from attorneys and witnesses on both sides of Proposition 8 are not being televised and thus to follow the minutiae of the proceedings falls to the reporters, live bloggers, and advocates who have made it their purpose and duty to attend each day, and this author is grateful for their input.
In the course of political events such as this trial, the juncture at which the collective people of this nation have reached has implications which ripple out to other social, cultural, and political domains, and thus is not about gay marriage or marriage, merely.
With epistemic privilege seemingly given to one subculture, but with a Supreme Court oddly granting it to the opposition, this is a dichotomy and a juxtaposition of ideologies and clashing venues not often seen until in retrospect.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that video from the Olson-Boies federal challenge to Prop 8 could not be distributed. there was a flurry of tweets and reports to get what was going on in the San Francisco courthouse out to the rest of the world. And it worked pretty darn well.
The trial resumes today, and I’ll keep updating as more information comes in. Remember you can follow along on Twitter and the Courage Campaign’s liveblogging keep up. I’ll also post the trial reenactment videos (which are a brilliant idea) along with new tweets, articles, and reports. But let’s catch up a bit on what’s gone on so far and check out what we can expect this week.
Lisa Keen has a review of Friday’s testimony: “It’s not often one hears these words in a federal courtroom: ”Dyke. You fucking dyke. You’re going to die and go to hell.”
The American Foundation for Equal Rights has a great first week roundup of the trial.
The American Prospect has a short summary of the week as well.
ProtectMarriage.com issues Cease and Desist for Prop 8 Trial Tracker logodepicting family of two mothers with two kids. Prop 8 Trial Tracker says, “Uh uh.”
SF Gate examines Dueling portraits of Prop. 8 backers at trial
Ted Olson’s law firm has a history of supporting gay marriage
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Below, via Chino Blanco: “Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate travels to the Prop 8 Trial in San Francisco and takes one of Chris Morrow’s cameras to document it. Interviews: Stuart Milk – Nephew of Harvey Milk, Therese Stewart – Chief Deputy City Attorney San Francisco, Adam Hahn – young activist, and David Boies – Boies, Schiller, & Flexner.”