Video: “Same-Sex Marriage Case: The Post-Mortem”

The Ongoing Proposition 8 Trial: Three Key Points About the Evidence and Arguments

    Vikram David Amar writes at Findlaw: “In this column, I offer some analysis of the federal bench trial on California’s Proposition 8 that is winding down in San Francisco this week. As readers likely know, Proposition 8 is the state’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs in the case challenge the measure under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/29/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.lp.findlaw.com

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Prop 8 trial, day 12 summary: Liberal Dem. who opposes “gay marriage” testifies

California’s Prop. 8 trial on hold

Civil Marriage Bill Pretends to Protect Religious Freedom

Burden of proof to overturn Prop. 8 was unmet, backers say as testimony ends

California Court of Appeal Mulls Mall’s “Don’t Talk to Strangers” Rule

ADF Update on Prop 8 Trial: Day 12

Testimony ends in same-sex “marriage” trial

Prop 8 Trial, Day 11 summary: religious conservatives again targeted

ADF update on Prop 8 trial proceedings: Wednesday, January 27th

Bill Proposed In California To Protect Clergy From Perfoming Same-Sex Marriages

Baptist Press Prop 8 summary, day 11: Religious conservatives again targeted

ACLU: “U.S. Participates In United Nations Human Rights Review Process”

“Gay-Marriage Ban Comes at What Cost”

Same-Sex Marriage Case, Day 12: The End (for Now)

Second defense witness takes stand in Prop 8 trial

eHarmony agrees to settle “gay discrimination” suit

Prop 8 trial, day 10: Initiative supporters call first witness

Catholic League: Prop 8 Trial Demonizes Catholicism

Witness Assails “Gay Marriages”

    “David Boies, a lawyer representing gay couples, began questioning Mr. Blankenhorn in a cross-examination that had the two men raising their voices at each other. Their bickering prompted the judge to end the trial for the day . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/27/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Same-sex “marriage” case, day 11: Churches

LA City Council set to approve pot ordinance

CA: Gilroy Council approves SOB ordinance

California bill promotes free speech in charter schools

“Gay-Marriage Foes” Make Their Case

Prop. 8 trial meets halfway mark

Prop. 8 Supporters Make Their Case, Expected to Rest by Midweek

Lawyers for plaintiffs rest case in Prop. 8 case

Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California

    Wall Street Journal: “Approximately 85% of the state’s 235,000 employees (not including higher education employees) are unionized. As the governor noted during his $83 billion budget roll-out, over the past decade pension costs for public employees increased 2,000%. State revenues increased only 24% over the same period. A Schwarzenegger adviser wrote in the San Jose Mercury News in the past few days that, “This year alone, $3 billion was diverted to pension costs from other programs.” There are now more than 15,000 government retirees statewide who receive pensions that exceed $100,000 a year, according to the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Video: Pastors say Prop. 8 could lead to polygamy

Prop. 8 Trial Court Transcripts Online

Federal Court Has Become the New Feelings Forum

    Debra J. Saunders writes at Townhall: “That’s another way of saying that the law isn’t as important as feelings in this trial. Feelings rule — and not just because the measure’s foes somehow believe that Californians haven’t been taught enough about gay people. Anti-8 attorneys have chosen to argue that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in light of a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a Colorado ban on gay-rights measures because it was motivated by animus toward homosexuals. If they can convince Walker that the Proposition 8 people are haters, he may overturn the will of the majority of California voters . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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College defends prof who mocked Christians

A Q&A with The Recorder’s Prop 8 courtroom reporter

Plaintiffs wrap up challenge to same-sex “marriage” ban

Catholic League: Role of Religion Skewed in Prop 8 Trial

“Prop 8 trial witness: Being gay not a choice”

Wesley J. Smith: Proposition 71 a “Failure”

ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks: Prop. 8 Trial Update for Thurs. Jan 21, 2009

Calif. Democrats revive single-payer health care

ADF Update on Prop 8 Trial: Day 7

Marriage testimony in California calls religion a “hindrance”

Catholic League: “Prop 8 Challenge Puts Religion on Trial”

GBLT community weighs in on same-sex case

Trial airs Mormon Church’s role in fight over Prop 8

NY Times: Same-Sex Marriage Case, Day 7: Choice

Prop. 8 trial Day 7: Live coverage from the courtroom

NYT: “Children Speak for Same-Sex Marriage”

    NY Times: “While opponents of same-sex marriage worry that schools will teach that gay and straight relationships are equal, many supporters focus on a different, but still child-centered, issue: What about the children now being raised in families headed by gay men and lesbians? How does the lack of marriage benefits for their parents affect them? . . . ‘The real question is whether same-sex relationships benefit children to the same extent that living with a married mother and father does, and we believe they do not,’ said Peter S. Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian organization. ‘Children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a lifelong marriage.’”


  • Posted: 01/20/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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ADF Update on Prop 8 Trial: Day 6

Lambda Legal sues Office of Personnel Management for same sex benefits

“How San Diego mayor shifted on gay marriage”

ADF CA Marriage Trial Update: Day Six

Oakland: Should a 96-Year-Old Proposition 8 Supporter Lose a Public Post?

Same-sex “marriage” case, Day 6: Civil unions

    The Bay Area, New York Times: “Brian Raum, the senior lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, handled the cross-examination for the defense. His questions explored whether it is possible to be against same-sex marriage and not be motivated by prejudice. Specifically, Mr. Raum asked questions about the mayor’s former support of civil unions. ‘You didn’t think that was a hostile position to the gay and lesbian community,’ Mr. Raum said. ‘You don’t believe that you communicated hatred to the gay and lesbian community, did you?’ ‘I feel like my thoughts were grounded in prejudice, but I don’t feel like I communicated hatred,’ Mr. Sanders said. Mr. Raum, in his questioning, pointed out that many California voters had cast ‘good-faith’ votes against Proposition 8, in the belief that civil unions were a proper alternative.”


  • Posted: 01/19/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com

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Judge Walker’s wild witchhunt—Part 2

    Ed Whelan: “In other words, rather than decide whether the traditional definition of marriage necessarily reflects an irrational animus against homosexuals, Walker is purporting to conduct a factual determination of the subjective intentions of the more than seven million California voters who supported Proposition 8 . . . Given how insane and unworkable Judge Walker’s factual inquiry into voter animus is, it should be no surprise that it’s contrary to established precedent.”


  • Posted: 01/19/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: bench.nationalreview.com

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Doug Napier on AFR Focal Point: Update on the Cal. marriage trial

Prop. 8 trial Day 6: Live coverage from the courtroom

Circus Trial Begins Over Proposition 8

Prop. 8 trial looks at personal, social changes

ADF update on Prop 8 trial: Behind the scenes

“Same-sex marriage judge dealt with other gay cases”

Prop. 8 trial Day 5: Live coverage from the courtroom

    Contra Costa Times: “Judge Vaughn Walker, over the objections of Prop 8 lawyers, has decided to allow the testimony of Helen Zia, a San Francisco writer and lesbian who married in 2008 before the marriage ban took hold in the state . . . Prop 8 lawyer Brian Raum tried to argue that her testimony is irrelevant, and that it is inappropriate to have one person ‘taken off the street’ to testify on a same-sex marriage, saying such evidence should come into the trial through scientific studies of more couples . . . Prop 8 attorney Brian Raum cross-examined Zia, depicting her as an activist who has campaigned against Prop 8 and took part in the earlier state court challenge to California’s prior ban on gay marriage, struck down by the California Supreme Court.”


  • Posted: 01/18/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.contracostatimes.com

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“Personal focus as same-sex-marriage trial opens in California”

NY Times: “Same-Sex Marriage Case, Day 5: Children”

Witness: “Gay marriage made her feel like family”