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A Few Updates from the Federal Prop 8 Trial


First, a couple photos from Day 1 of the trial, shot by Diana Walker. The plaintiffs, Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, above. Below, David Boies, attorney for plaintiffs; Chad Griffin, Board President, American Foundation for Equal Rights.

AFER-DWalker-Jan11-Pic1-391x313  roadRemember how Prop 8 supporter Hak-Shing William Tam wanted out of the Prop 8 lawsuit? Here's the likely reason why.

 roadRick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign has been liveblogging the trial - there's a lot there.

 roadKaren Ocamb's extensive Day 1 wrap-up. Here are her quick observations from Day 2. And a second post on Day 2.

 roadDay 2 was more about history lessons, the NYT reports.

 roadEve Conant writes on the relevance of Slavery to the Prop 8 trial in Newsweek: "With the two gay couples off the stand for now, attorneys for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger are turning to experts and historians to dissect the meaning and progress of the institution of marriage. Yet instead of gay marriage, historian Nancy E. Cott, a former Yale and now Harvard professor, has been grilled today and yesterday more about slavery than homosexuality. Why? Because the plaintiffs are using myriad laws related to slaves and marriage as an example of how the American legal system has had to adjust and progress over time when it comes to marriage."

 roadMore from the Sacramento Bee: "Cott told the court that governments in the United States have used marriage as a 'governing vehicle' to bestow benefits -- she cited Social Security payments -- and also to punish and control citizens and immigrants. She described how racial restrictions on marriage during slavery -- slaves could not legally wed -- and how state laws sought to prevent whites from marrying Asian immigrants and blacks. An American woman who married a foreigner ineligible for citizenship -- such as a Chinese man -- would lose her U.S. citizenship, she said."

 roadA news report from Salt Lake City on how Mormon documents may be making their way to the trial, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That Box Turtle Bulletin link shows why Tam MUST be put on the stand and interrogated.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 12, 2010 7:30:23 PM

  2. It's Great that one of the couples has the flag with them. All to often the flag has been used to beat Gay Americans. Gay Americans must take back the Equality and Liberty and Justice for all that America stands for. At the next Civil Rights gathering for Gay Americans, BE SURE to take an American Flag. It's not just for bigots anymore!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 12, 2010 7:32:30 PM

  3. "t's not just for bigots anymore!"

    That's an awesome slogan lol :)

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 12, 2010 8:11:08 PM

  4. yeah - expose that hateful church

    Posted by: steve | Jan 12, 2010 8:19:43 PM

  5. Tam is poorly represented if that's the best declaration his counsel could produce.


    Posted by: Josh G. | Jan 12, 2010 8:24:49 PM

  6. A reminder of our hateful past, our hateful present, and surely OUR hateful future..

    Posted by: frank | Jan 12, 2010 11:10:01 PM

  7. Does anyone know where you can go to go inside the courtroom and watch the proceedings? Is it 450 Golden Gate/which court?

    Posted by: CD | Jan 13, 2010 12:50:49 AM

  8. @CD

    The trial itself is being held at 450 Golden Gate in Courtroom 6 on the 17th floor. Due to the national attention this is getting, the courtroom itself is usually full of media people, including reporters for CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Huffington Post, and New York Times. They have set up a live feed in another courtroom for members of the public who are interested in watching. It is located on the 19th floor.

    When either side files an appeal against a decision made by Judge Walker - and in a high profile case such as this there will be dozens of these hearings - the action moves to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at 95 7th Street.

    Posted by: John | Jan 13, 2010 2:51:39 AM

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