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Prop8 Trial Finishes Arguments. Broad Range Of Possible Outcomes.

The closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, if one could call them that, are done, with-- as expected-- no ruling from the bench. Judge Walker scheduled the final round of testimony and rebuttal five months after the initial testimony so that he could have time to prepare the 39 questions he asked both sides to address in closing. If you missed the Twitter stream this afternoon, you'll wish it was televised after dipping into some of the summaries.

Unofficial transcript at the AFER site.

More coverage fromOlson_boies Courage Campaign, along with their clever project acting out the trial.

Good round up  at Huffington Post.

One side seemed a whole lot better prepared than the other, with the proponents of Prop 8 so unable to avoid Boies' logic that David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values made a number of statements clearly affirming the need for marriage equality (on display at Pam's House Blend).

In fact, Boies' questions were so effective at getting Blankenhorn to make the case that adoptive parents are better that when Olson came back to it during rebuttal, observers were "literally laughing and banging palm on foreheads" in the gallery,  reports Firedoglake. Check it out for their SportsCenter-like play by play of the legal team strategy scoring points today, but also covering bases most of us wouldn't know needed covering for the inevitable Supreme Court appeal.

Blankenhorn's respect for the "dignity of homosexual love" -Though a committed member of those opposing gay marriage -- is not actually news. The Independent Gay Forum noted his take in 2007 commenting on the this Gay Marriage Edition of Bloggingheads.


Not to worry, it was sufficiently balanced by arguments irrational, illogical and surreal. With Twitter the only way to follow along, at times it seemed like sitting behind Waldorf and Stadtler in the Muppet balcony  or with the MST3K commentators without actually being able to see the show. Over the course of this trial, Twitter news coverage has clearly come of age.  Compare the awkward first day's unplanned twitter coverage to today's mastery of the 140 characters.

Kate Kendell's distillation of the trial was so concise she had characters left to pour out a drinking game, counting the shots  each time the other side used some version of the word "procreation."

The re-tweeting, replaying and second-guessing continues.

The judge has broad authority to determine the time and possible outcomes which range from dissolving the 18,000 legal same sex marriages as proponents of Prop 8 asked again today, to ordering that new marriages be performed without waiting for the appeal.

Blogimonde: PopMuse and Bloghungry Become Bloggy Baby Daddies.

Los Angeles blogger husbands Popmuse and Bloghungry announced today the birth of their first child.

Onscale AdamlilysleepWe join the two longtime-friends of Towleroad in welcoming Lily to the village, and congratulate the couple on their recent anniversary celebration of 5 years together. There was also an official marriage ceremony in the last days before last November's election, and the couple has supported No on 8 and other efforts to overturn Proposition 8, which took away the right of Californians to marry legally.

Clearly, Lily is unlikely to want for love, strength, delicious food, the latest remixes, and companionship (there is, of course canine, Carrie Fisher), but rest assured of the support and love that's out there for the whole family.

Sometimes it does take a village, people.


Tina Brown Launches Online Beast

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Former New Yorker editor and Talk magazine founder Tina Brown's online behemoth, The Daily Beast, launches today, and certainly has the Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, and New York magazine in its sights.

The site is named after the fictional tabloid in Evelyn Waugh's 1938 novel Scoop.

In a Q&A on the site, Brown is asked if she's doing this because she's jealous of Arianna Huffington. Says Brown: "Not entirely, though I have always followed Arianna's career with the liveliest interest. She is a very old friend, going back to when she was at Cambridge and I was at Oxford. I love what she has achieved at HuffPo. And her partner Ken Lerer, another old friend, has also been a total mensch about the birthing of our beast."

She describes the site as "a speedy, smart edit of the web from the merciless point of view of what interests the editors. The Daily Beast is the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist."

The Daily Beast [official site]


Oh, Boy

About three years ago, I wrote Andy Towle a fan e-mail after discovering and swiftly becoming addicted to his excellent blog. I told him I’d wanted to start my own, but his was exactly what I had in mind so he had saved me a lot of work.

Six months later, unable to resist spending all my free time pouring out my heart for no pay, I launched Boy Culture. I wrote him again to ask his opinion and advice, which he gave freely.

Now, Andy has asked me to take over Towleroad through Thursday. I’m honored and will do my best to bring you what we’ve all come to expect from Towleroad while adding a dash of my own sensibility. I look forward to your feedback and am open to suggestions anytime at mattrett@aol.com.


MOONLIGHTING

Queenlighting_photo_4 Well, it's nearly sunrise as I write this and since this is my second (or maybe third) job, I don't have anything nearly as clever to say as Josh & Josh Are Rich and Famous did last summer when they filled in for Andy. But I will say that's it's great to be here and that I'm flattered that Mr. Towle asked me to guard his brainchild this week.

I remember editing a story for the The Times Circuits section back in '03 and coming across the word "blog" for the first time. I had no idea what it meant and spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure it out. It would be another year before I actually found myself reading one when a Google search for information about one of the cute boys I'd seen on Bravo's "reality" male model search show -- that guilty pleasure "Manhunt" -- directed me directed to Towleroad. (You never forget your first blogger, Andy.) I remember how fascinated I was by the whole thing. It was sort of like a news site, only it was this gay guy (then) in Los Angeles talking about things he likes and doesn't like, with pictures and interaction with his readers. (I e-mailed him and he actually e-mailed me back!) I was hooked and in '05 I decided to try my hand at it. Andy had said in an interview that his blog started out as a way to keep in touch with friends and family and then slowly turned into more of a general interest site. I, on the other hand, started mine with a gay culture theme in mind and then found things turning far more personal following the death of my father and one of my best friends in the course of three months. I think that's what I like best about blogging -- it can serve whatever purpose you want it to.

Anyway, enough reminiscing. I look forward to a fun week with you Towleroad guys ... oh, and tips and feedback are greatly appreciated (I'm kenneth212 at gmail dot com).


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