Hak-Shing William Tam, who wanted out of the Prop 8 trial saying he was worried about threats being made against him, but really because he made statements like this about the consequences of same-sex marriage in California…
Lawyers for the couples said they planned to call San Francisco
resident Hak-Shing William Tam to testify even though he has asked to
be dismissed as a defendant in the case, the first in a federal court
to examine if state bans on same-sex marriage illegally discriminate
against gay Americans.
Last week, the lawyers used footage from Tam's taped deposition to
buttress their contention that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional
because it was fueled by deep-seated animosity against gays. They
questioned him about a letter he wrote during the ballot measure's 2008
campaign saying that "other states would fall into Satan's hands" if
gays weren't stopped from marrying in California.
Yesterday, I posted about some of the revelations of Day 7 in the courtroom, which included evidence of Mormon collusion with the Prop 8 campaign.
Shannon Minter at Pam's House Blend has a nice wrap-up of the day.
It included testimony from Stanford University Professor Gary Segura: "Segura cited ballot measures, state and federal laws, hate crime
statistics and opinion polls as evidence that gays and lesbians, like
racial minorities, need judicial protection from discrimination. 'Gays and lesbians do not possess a meaningful degree of political
power. They are not able to protect their essential interests,' said
Segura, who heads the university's Chicano studies program and
co-directs its Center on American Democracy.
And a gay man, Ryan Kendall, who was forced to undergo "conversion therapy" by his parents: "The testimony was targeted at an argument from foes of gay marriage who maintain homosexuality is a choice, not an inherent biological characteristic. 'I knew I was gay, just like I knew I was short and half Hispanic,' said Ryan Kendall, a Denver man who told the courtroom the therapy left him suicidal."
In related news…
Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry wrote up a piece on the case published today in the Huffington Post.