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...