Prop 8 Trial Week 1 Weekend Updates (Monday)

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Well, the 3-day weekend is coming to a close. We took a day to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reflect back on the first week of the trial, and now it’s time to gear up for another week of proceedings. Here are a few more articles you might find interesting before we dig back into the trial.

» MLK Jr., Civil Rights, DADT and the Urgency of Leading by Aubrey Sarvis (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network)

Piggybacking off Maureen Dowd and Jon Barrett’s posts yesterday, Aubrey Sarvis adds his thoughts on President Obama’s need to step-up his active support of gays and lesbians. If “the urgency of the hour demands that we fight discrimination,” as Obama said in his Martin Luther King day speech yesterday, then when will he begin walking the walk as King did? Sarvis’s tone is one of forsakenness, echoing a sentiment that Obama is not one who we can depend on and concluding: “it will be very difficult this year without the President leading the way.”

» San Francisco Gate: Dueling portraits of Prop. 8 backers at trial

Today’s piece in the San Francisco Gate reflects on the way President Obama has been invoked in the trial already. While plenty of rhetorical tactics have been used by both sides regarding Obama (he supported civil unions, but his parents couldn’t have married in Virginia), nothing seems to be more critical than this point:

As the trial on the constitutionality of Prop. 8 enters its second week in San Francisco federal court, gay rights forces want Obama to take a stand. The advocacy group Equality California said Friday that it has collected 91,000 signatures on a petition urging the president to file a brief supporting a challenge to the measure. The White House has not responded.

The silence is deafening.

» Pro Prop. 8 Attorney Cooper: You Can’t Destroy Bigotry By Erasing Tapes by Charles Karel Bouley

Charles Bouley offers us a scathing critique of the defenders of Proposition 8 as well as the Supreme Court for their decision last week. He points out that, “The XIV Amendment is very clear, and a fourth grader could see that Prop 8 clearly violates it,” and reminds us that there is a Constitutional process for impeaching justices that we should not forget about. While perhaps a bit extreme, I found Bouley’s piece refreshing after the cold analyses and reactions others have offered to the SCOTUS’s actions.

» Challenging Prop 8: The Hidden Story from California Lawyer Magazine

If you’re curious about how this case came to be, this is the story for you. Like last week’s New Yorker piece, “A Risky Proposal,” this article covers a lot of the backstory, but unlike the New Yorker piece, this focuses on the legal background and all the players involved in making this case happen. Read through this story to learn just how the lawyers and plaintiffs came together to make a federal case for gay marriage, trumping most gay activists state-by-state strategy.

» Olson firm has history of supporting gay marriage from Keen News Service

Adding further illumination to the background of Ted Olson, Lisa Keen shows us that supporting LGBT issues is not a new phenomenon to his firm. If there are any out there who still don’t trust Olson’s motives in this case, the room for doubt is getting narrower and narrower.

» You Gotta Give Them Hope by P8TT’s Brian Leubitz

Brian Leubitz primes us for another week by drawing inspiration not from Martin Luther King but Harvey Milk. I’d encourage you to read a post I wrote a year ago about Harvey Milk that features many quotes and reflections on his importance to our movement. The work he did truly set a new precedent for public discourse on LGBT issues. If you are not fully aware of Milk’s contributions, I suggest you watch this historic documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk:

For a complete look at coverage on this trial, check my Perry v. Schwarzenegger archive.

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