Closing Arguments of the Prop 8 Trial: Pas de Deux Before The Finale

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I don’t know that there’s much to say! Olson had good arguments; Cooper had no evidence. Literally.

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.

Official court transcript of the day’s proceedings (PDF).

Liveblogging by Teddy Partridge and Marcy Wheeler at Firedoglake and Rick Jacobs at Prop 8 Trial Tracker.

Christopher Stoll (NCLR): Closing Arguments Recap

Keen News Service: Prop 8 proponents lose pre-closing skirmish, Mid-day report: Prop 8 trial closing arguments, Prop 8 closing: Fear v. Equality

The Advocate: It’s in the Judge’s Hands Now

Huffington Post: Prop 8 Challengers To Deliver Closing Arguments Today

Edge: Closing Arguments in Prop. 8 Trial: the Recap

Bilerico: Family Values: Who is it Trying to “Destroy Marriage” Again?

Good As You: A variety of coverage, including responses to various conservative news sites.

Examiner: An eyewitness perspective on the day’s proceedings

AP Video: Closing Arguments Made in Prop 8 Court Fight

New York Times: Closing Arguments in Marriage Trial

San Jose Mercury: Prop. 8 trial closing arguments: Live coverage from the courtroom, Prop. 8 trial: Judge troubled by lack of evidence from defense

The vicious National Organization for Marriage decided to start doing their own coverage. Good for them. Maggie even admitted that Prop 8 is probably going to be overturned.

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.

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  • Buffy says:

    The bigot’s arguments could be summed up pretty much like this:
    “Boogedy, boogedy, logical fallacy, logical fallacy, boogedy, logical fallacy, GAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!”
    That sort of crap works great with the general public.  It falls decidedly flat in court.

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