Prop 8 Trial Week 1 Weekend Updates (Saturday)

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I have to say, I’m pretty emotionally drained. With the horrible events in Haiti this week, I’m sure there are many that have been totally oblivious to what’s been happening with Perry v. Schwarzenegger, and understandably. As someone who has been deeply immersed, the trial alone has hit pretty hard. I’ll write more on that later.

For now, I thought I’d highlight some of the articles and posts that have gone up today. During this three day weekend, I hope people really take some time to digest the magnitude and importance of this week’s testimony. Here are some of today’s highlights.

» Prop 8 Press Conference Follies by FDL’s Teddy Partridge

I’ve been pretty diligent about combating the spin spewed by Protect Marriage’s Andy Pugno, but Teddy had the pleasure of an in-person encounter at Friday’s press conference. Teddy got to thinking… if so many of the defense’s witnesses had dropped out out of fear, why were the other two still testifying? The answer he ultimately got from Pugno? “Because. I. Have. Not. Asked. Them.” The full account is worth reading.

» Hey Charlie, Are You Writing “Idiot America, Volume Two” yet? by FDL’s Peterr

Peterr cites Charles Pierce’s Idiot America to draw some amazing parallels between this case and Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the evolution v. intelligent design case in which science was on the line. In addition to reading Peterr’s thoughts, it would totally be worth it to explore the Dover case if you don’t know a lot. I would highly recommend the NOVA special, “Intelligent Design on Trial,” which you can watch for free online. I have a hunch we’ll someday see a similar special about Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

» Preview: San Diego Mayor Sanders Testifies Tuesday in Prop 8 Trial by FDL’s Teddy Partridge

Teddy reminds us of the moving moment when Mayor Jerry Sanders announced at a press conference he had changed his mind on marriage equality and would not veto a resolution supporting marriage equality. It was a moving speech and is worth rewatching. Teddy also wonders if such testimony will ultimately affect Justice Kennedy, who was affected it such ways during Lawrence v. Texas.

» “Home Court Advantage” – Can Gays Be a Suspect Class? by P8TT’s Paul Hogarth

Paul takes some time to consider whether gays and be labeled out as a suspect class, pointing out that they were in Colorado’s Evans v. Romer (1994), but that the SCOTUS affirmed that decision on a different rationale. I previous explored the idea of a suspect class in my post at the beginning of the week: Thoughts To Consider Regarding Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the Prop 8 Case.

» The Road to Perjury by P8TT’s Brian Leubitz

Brian points out to us that in some of the defendants’ depositions (which are under oath), they “admitted that they did not have a basis for believing that same-sex marriage would harm heterosexual marriages and no reason for depriving gay and lesbian couples marriage…” according to Boies. He speculates that if Boies and the plaintiffs can demonstrate that their testimony was without basis, the experts may be liable for perjury. An interesting read!

» They’re Afraid Of Us by P8TT’s Robert Cruickshank

Robert points out to us that the SCOTUS granted a writ of certiorari to the Doe v. Reed case out of Washington (regarding the release of signatures for Referendum 71), pointing out:

This is all part of a pattern of deception and an unwillingness to be straight with the public. Opponents of same-sex marriage claim that they are afraid of disclosure and public scrutiny because, somehow, that if they or their ideas are exposed to the public, they’ll suffer harassment or worse.

As I explained earlier this week, those concerns are worse than a joke – they’re an example of misdirection and projection. Conservatives have for decades operated by creating a myth that they are victims of some left-wing conspiracy, that some big bad “gay agenda” is out to get them and ruin their marriages, their children, and their lives. This works only by their denial of the fact that it is LGBT Americans who are the ones actually suffering, whether it’s the denial of their rights or the brutal physical attacks that conservatives never have to deal with.

That sort of victimhood on the part of conservatives is a very carefully crafted victimhood, designed to justify their own oppression of others.

» Syd Peterson: Report from End-of-Week-One Prop 8 Trial Presser from LGBT POV

LGBT POV’s Syd Peterson shares more details from Friday’s press conference as well as some thoughts on the importance of bloggers’ coverage of this trial. If you’re interested in seeing where each side of the trial feels they are after one week, this is a great summary of what they shared.

» More catch-up from Friday

Here are two more articles that address Friday’s proceedings.

LA Times: Proposition 8 trial turns its attention to children

Metro Weekly: In Harm’s Way

» Parody/Parroty on Twitter

In addition to those liveblogging, Twitter has been an essential tool in documenting the trial. While the Alliance Defense Fund and Protect Marriage have been tweeting every so often to spin the testimony, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and The Advocate Magazine have been tweeting passionately to keep us informed of what’s actually transpiring in the courtroom.

Today, we met a new active tweeter on the #prop8 hashtag: “Protect Mawwiage.” Expanding on P8TT’s parody of Protect Marriage (a worthwhile read), Protect Mawwiage features a less subtle interpretation of the Protect Marriage logo (see right) and such tweets as:

@oreillyfactor Media bashes Palin just because she can’t answer questions with their big words or facts! Who cares?! Faith > Facts! #prop8

@CourageCampaign You’re going down faster than a Republican senator in an airport bathroom! Our infomercial lawyers gonna git u! #prop8

@CarriePrejeanCA Thx for being role model to little girls everywhere! They need 2 know its ok 2 get implants and repress minorities! #prop8

“Ugh, I feel like I’ve been dead for three days…” #jesustweeters #prop8

After we’re done with the gays, we’re going after divorcees! #prop8 #protectmarriage

Funny stuff. I hope whoever’s behind it keeps it up throughout the rest of the trial!

» Wonderful Gay Humor from The Onion

For as stressful as the week has been, one highlight has been some delightful humor from The Onion. I shall leave you with these two pieces for tonight. Go read the article, “Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian” and listen to the clip below. Enjoy!

As always, you can check out my Perry v. Schwarzanegger archive to catch up on the trial’s proceedings.

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