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”

“Prop. 8 trial: Cambridge Professor says gays raise well-adjusted kids”

    LA Weekly: “At the Proposition 8 trial in San Francisco on Friday, Cambridge University psychology professor Michael Lamb told the court that gay and lesbian couples raise ‘well-adjusted’ children . . . And while such pro-gay marriage outfits as Courage Campaign and American Foundation for Equal Rights have been regularly blogging about the trial, The Christian Post has been posting updates from the Alliance Defense Fund on its Web site. ADF is helping to bankroll the defense of Proposition 8, and its posts are unlike anything you’ll read on the gay blogosphere.”


  • Posted: 01/18/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: blogs.laweekly.com

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Will democracy prevail in Prop. 8 trial?

ADF update on Prop 8 trial: Day 5

“Tweeting the gay marriage trial, day 4″

7 Years to Fire 1 Bad Teacher

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

David French on efforts to air the Prop. 8 Trial on TV

David French: “The virus can’t be contained”

“Can gays raise kids right? U.S. marriage trial asks”

ADF update on Prop 8 trial: Day 4

Prop. 8 Ruling: High court’s broadcast ruling under microscope

ADF update on Prop 8 trial: Day 3

Columbia prof says Prop 8 adds to gay health woes

Church Which Helps Homeless Faces Eviction

FIRE files amicus brief in support of Jonathan Lopez

John C. Eastman: Prop 8 trial set up aids “gay marriage” side

Rush Limbaugh: “Five Years Later, Embryonic Stem Cells Have Failed to Cure Anything”

Hollingsworth v. Perry, Bush v. Gore, and Manipulating Procedural Rules in High-Profile Litigation Impacting the Political Process

Dale Carpenter on Cal. marriage trial: “All in all, it’s a bad start for the judicial challenge to Prop 8.”

Same-sex “marriage” foes accuse twitter of censorship

Andy Pugno on Prop. 8 Trial: A Successful Day Three

Children key in Prop 8 trial

    Bay Area Reporter: “During cross-examination Brian Raum, a lawyer for the Yes on 8 campaign, questioned how Katami could conclude that the anti-gay group’s ads were hostile to gay people. ‘There was nothing in the ad that says Proposition 8 will protect children from you because you are bad. Would you agree?’ asked Raum. ‘It didn’t say same-sex couples are bad?’ Katami responded that the ads didn’t have to be explicit because the message was clearly implied. ‘It insinuates there is some disapproval of gay people and they should be feared,’ he said. Raum pressed Katami on the issue, stating that ‘the fact is you don’t think kids need to be protected from being exposed to same-sex relationships.’ To which Katami replied, ‘Yes. There is nothing wrong with it.’”


  • Posted: 01/14/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.ebar.com

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San Francisco “gay marriage” court case could have national impact

Comparing Prop. 8 trial tweets

9th Circuit Upholds UC’s Rejection of Certain Christian School Courses

Prop. 8 backer questioned about child sex comment

Lawyers for Prop 8 Point to President Obama’s Opposition to Same-Sex “Marriage”

Archbishop Niederauer responds to Pelosi’s Newsweek interview: Free will does not justify evil

U.S. Supreme Court says no TV coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

California: No invocations for HUSD school board for now

    Hesperia Star: “The Hesperia Unified School District won’t be opening school board meetings with a prayer in the immediate future . . . In July, the conservative Christian non-profit Alliance Defend Fund sent the district a legal opinion on the legality of government agencies holding invocations and included their template for an invocation process that would pass legal muster . . . The ACLU warned the district would face ‘a strong likelihood of being sued’ if it went ahead with the ADF’s proposed invocation policy, with potential plaintiff’s attorney fees in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if the district lost. On Monday night, the HUSD school board was scheduled to vote on the invocation policy — and blinked.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.hesperiastar.com

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Do Three People Have a Right to Marry Each Other?

Jennifer Roback Morse: The Prop 8 trial and the new theory of politics

    Jennifer Roback Morse writing at the Ruth Institute Blog: “[T]he original (and real) Civil Rights movement succeeded because people were really persuaded that race is an irrelevant characteristic for full participation in the political, economic and civic life of the nation. By contrast, no one can seriously maintain that marriage is a necessary condition for participation in civic life, or that an unmarried person is a second class citizen in any meaningful sense. No one can believe that individuals with same sex attraction are unable to participate in the economic, political and civic life of this country, with or without the redefinition of marriage. The vast majority of Americans are persuaded that sex is in fact relevant to marriage and its purposes. They believe that marriage without gender or sex is an institution without purpose or meaning. This is why so many people are reluctant to strip sexual differentiation from the legal institution of marriage. The American public is persuaded that the demands of fairness and decency are satisfied by legal provisions that solve the practical problems same sex couple may face.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ruthblog.org

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Expert Battle Comes Early in Proposition 8 Case

    Law.com (The Recorder): “George Chauncey — a Yale-educated professor now on the faculty in New Haven, Conn., a published author with a calm demeanor — makes for a compelling expert witness. So after testimony for the better part of an afternoon about discrimination gays and lesbians have faced, lawyers defending a ban on gay marriage took a very direct tactic.”You’ve donated money to Lambda Legal in the past, haven’t you?” asked Cooper & Kirk partner David Thompson . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Marriage on trial

Dale Schowengerdt: ADF comments on first day of Federal Prop. 8 trial

    ADF Attorney Dale Schowengerdt writing at the Christian Post: “The four plaintiffs also got on the stand and gave testimony. We decided to cross examine only one of those witnesses, which ADF senior counsel Brian Raum conducted very effectively. Brian focused on the fact that what the campaign argued when it said Prop 8 would protect children was that it would help preserve the right of parents to decide what their kids are exposed to and when. He played the campaign’s ads demonstrating that very young children received lessons on same-sex ‘marriage’ in Massachusetts public school after the state’s high court redefined marriage, and that parents were denied the right to object. He also played an ad describing an outrageous incident in which first graders were taken on a ‘field trip’ to a same-sex wedding in San Francisco, presided over by Mayor Gavin Newsome, culminating in Newsome’s infamous comment that it was a ‘teachable moment.’”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Same-sex “marriage” case, day 2: History lessons

Andy Pugno Update on Prop. 8 Litigation: Second Day of Trial is Positive for Defense

Marriage Is Not the Same Around the Globe, Says Advocate for Same-Sex Couples

“Marriage isn’t just for procreation, expert testifies”