Federal Prop 8 Trial: Updates, Links, and Video

Here are several items related to the federal Prop 8 trial which I've put together.

 roadSan Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (below, right) is scheduled to testify in the Prop 8 trial on Tuesday. His September 2007 speech in which he reversed his position on same-sex marriage is epic. According to AFER, "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."

Sanders roadAlso scheduled to testify are 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, and 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.

 roadProp 8 supporters have shortened their witness list for this week: " Instead of six people, they'll only have two. The lawyer for the sponsors of the proposition that bans gay marriage says their witnesses are worried about their safety.' Their concern was the same that others have, that they will be targeted for retaliation, both professionally and personally," said Andrew Pugno, Yes on Prop 8. The reason they withdrew those expert witnesses was not because of cameras, it was because they did not want to subject them to cross examination by David Boies,' said Theodore Boutrous, No on Prop 8."

 roadThe SF Chronicle on how Prop 8 backers have been invoking Obama's statements on same-sex marriage at the trial.

Hoover roadMargaret Hoover, the conservative great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover, penned an opinion piece for FOX News this week in which she declared she's joining the fight for marriage equality: "We Republicans have often found ourselves on the wrong side of civil rights struggles since the 1960s, but there was a reason that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s father is said to have supported Republicans. Republicans were historically the party ever-expanding freedom to disenfranchised minorities, from newly liberated slaves to giving women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was a Republican. By supporting the AFER trial we have an opportunity to establish our historic credibility on civil rights issues once again. But we should support marriage equality because it is the right thing to do."

 roadCharles Karel Bouley on the request by Prop 8 supporters that all tapes be destroyed: "Their fear over their bigotry, hatred, their uneducated, non-factual arguments based in religion and not law being one day exposed speaks volumes. It means even they know how wrong, how beyond-the-pale their arguments are; they don't want the world to see them for what they really are, hear them how they really sound under oath, watch their condemnation of people whose only crime is they want to enter a legal contract that others in their state enjoy and not be discriminated against based on gender. Because if people were to actually see it, hear it, watch it in depth, they would be able to see it for what it really, truly is."

Karger  roadFred Karger of Californians Against Hate had a camera on hand at the Prop 8 trial, and interviewed a few key folks. Stuart Milk talks about "packaging fear," and Therese Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney of San Francisco, discusses joining the legal team. Activist Adam Hahn talks about his perspective on the trial, and lead attorney David Boies talks about the day's testimony.

Watch Karger's interviews, AFTER THE JUMP...