Day 12 of the Prop 8 Trial: Enough Already

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Today was a half day, because we’ve reached the end of testimony! If you’re worried you missed anything pivotal, you didn’t. In fact, it was the most pathetic and tedious exercise I’ve ever witnessed, and I wasn’t even there. Here is an excerpt from Boies’ continued cross-examination of Blankenhorn that I think best epitomizes the way Blankenhorn answers avoids answering questions.

Boies: Are you aware of marriages in other societies that have not been limited to people of the opposite sex?

Blankenhorn: Well I am certainly aware that assertions have been made in the popular and infrequently scholarly press but I have troubled myself to try to understand such assertions but I have views about them which I am happy to share.

Are you aware? Yes, I am aware. No, I am not aware. I am not sure whether I am aware or not. Those are the answers to pick from. Here’s my best translation:

I don’t really know anything, I just comment on what other people say.

Quite the expert indeed.

Brian Leubitz points out some other choice excerpts from Blankenhorn’s testimony:

Extending marriage rights to same-sex couples would probably reduce the proportion of homosexuals who marry persons of the opposite sex, and thus would likely reduce instances of marital unhappiness and divorce.

Gay marriage would be a victory for the worthy ideas of tolerance and inclusion. It would likely decrease the number of those in society who tend to be viewed warily as ‘other’ and increase the number who are accepted as part of ‘us.’ In that respect, gay marriage would be a victory for, and another key expansion of, the American idea.

Because marriage is a wealth-creating institution, extending marriage rights to same-sex couples would probably increase wealth accumulation and lead to higher living standards for these couples as well as help reduce welfare costs (by promoting family economic self-sufficiency) and decrease economic inequality.

Thanks, Mr. Blankenhorn!

So what was the defense’s case again? It’ll be interesting to see it when they reconvene in a few weeks for closing arguments.

Here’s your last roundup of links. It’s early in the day, so I’ll update this throughout the evening.

P8TT: Complete Transcript Summary, This is a Witness for the Defense?, POLL: The burning question: Who was the worst witness?, Trial Trackers: Stay involved with the Courage Campaign

Firedoglake: Morning 1, Morning 2

Shannon Minter (NCLR): Day 12 Recap

Pam’s House Blend: Prop 8 trial: defendant witness David Blankenhorn withers under Boies’ questioning

San Jose Mercury: Prop. 8 trial Day 12: Live coverage from the courtroom

Los Angeles Times: Witness argues against same-sex marriage as Prop. 8 trial testimony concludes

San Francisco Chronicle: Prop. 8 witness warns of societal upheaval

San Francisco Appeal: Testimony Ends In Trial To Overturn Prop 8

Keen News Service: Prop 8 trial closes; Boies expresses confidence

New York Times: Same-Sex Marriage Case, Day 12: The End (for Now), Proposition 8 Trial Pauses, but Not for Ruling, Same-Sex Marriage Case: The Post-Mortem (Video of the press conference!)

Wall Street Journal: Defense Rests in Gay-Marriage Trial, Gay-Marriage Ban Comes at What Cost? Proposition 8 Trial Wraps, but Will It Find a Wider Audience?

Box Turtle Bulletin: Perry v. Schwarzenegger: day twelve summary

And some last-day Protect Mawwiage tweets!

AHA! #prop8 witness cites long list of probs SSM will cause! Wait, those are benefits? OMGWTF! @ADFMedia Does our side have ANY witnesses?!?

CAN I GET A WITNESS?! No seriously we need a witness who won’t make us look like giant assholes. Writing Craigslist ad now. @ADFMedia #prop8

Defense expert believes SSM wld, of course, meet the sordid desires of homosexuals, but also begin the zombie apocalypse.#prop8

Sooooo anyone wanna bolt from #prop8 early and check out Apple’s presentation? Heard they have a shiny new toy! Sigh. This witness sucks.

Blankenhorn and Boies now dueling with wizard wands! #prop8#protectmarriage

Pro #prop8 witness tries using Avada Kadvara curse on lawyer! Lawyer deflects, fires back with Confundus charm!#protectmarriage

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