Between the answers to the questions offered by Judge Walker and the closing arguments, there doesn’t seem like there’s much of a leg for Prop 8’s proponents to stand on. They have the same old nonsense: children (subtext: gays are pedophiles), tradition (subtext: gays are less than), and “deinstitutionalization” (subtext: “we’ve got nothing”).
It was a big day as arguments wrapped up in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, but in a way the final dance between the lawyers seemed anticlimactic. Given that only one person clapped for Cooper’s defense of Prop 8, it didn’t seem like many were thrilled with his performance. He didn’t have much substance to share. And while there were not many surprises, the day wonderfully summarized the extensive testimonies we heard five months ago. Lots of media outlets have been covering the day, but here are some of the highlights.
Christopher Stoll (NCLR): Closing Arguments Recap
The Advocate: It’s in the Judge’s Hands Now
Huffington Post: Prop 8 Challengers To Deliver Closing Arguments Today
New York Times: Closing Arguments in Marriage Trial
Kate Kendell from NCLR is optimistic:
And now we wait for the grand finale when Judge Walker makes his decision. Soon, we might celebrate an apotheosis of equality.