Much of this morning’s proceedings was used to discuss various documents the plaintiffs wanted to admit to evidence. The defense dutifully tried to object, but almost all of it was admitted.
Among the documents were some videos demonstrating the way Proposition 8 was promoted. In the videos, various people testified to links with incest, pedophilia, and bestiality, with another suggesting that marriage equality would have the same cultural impact as 9/11. Many on Twitter today have made fun of the suggestion that a child of two women would not learn how to change the oil in a car.
The defense then called their first expert witness, Dr. Kenneth Miller, but not before Boies grilled him, challenging his “expertise.” As a personal comment, I must say that to suggest that gays and lesbians have political power because they ‘ran a good campaign” (despite the fact they lost) does not seem to credential him much for common sense. Here’s an excerpt from Boies’ voir dire (typos corrected):
B: You hold yourself out as an expert about the history of discrimination against G&L?
M: Not so much the history as the current time
B: Are you an expert on whether G&L experience discrimination today?
M: Yes I am
B: Last fifty years, are you an expert?
M: As an expert witness, I’ve learned a lot about it, and I could write an article now I imagine.
His testimony has mostly been to suggest that gays and lesbians have lots of allies and money, and that’s enough to consider them powerful. As a gay man, when I think about the rights I have, I definitely feel powerful because of the money HRC has and all the meetings they have with legislators. Wasn’t there supposed to be a DADT hearing this week?
Here are some other links to take a look at as the court goes on lunch break.
This first link is the AP story discussing this morning’s videos in more detail:
» Washington Post: Lawyers for plaintiffs rest case on gay marriage
Here are a few other posts about what to expect this week and also some more analysis of the “children” argument, which is central to this case. The video from Rob Tisinai below is particularly poignant and should be watched!
» LGBT POV: Preview of Monday’s Prop 8 trial
» Keen News Service: Prop 8 trial resumes today; defense to argue power and kids
» Prop 8 On Trial: Preemptive plaintiffs: Confronting the defense’s child argument
Here also is a lovely song called “The Proposition” from Heather and Chelsea Edgett, one of the 18,000 couples who married before Proposition 8 passed.