Prop 8 Trial Week 2: First Week Summary, What To Expect The Second Week

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that video from the Olson-Boies federal challenge to Prop 8 could not be distributed. there was a flurry of tweets and reports to get what was going on in the San Francisco courthouse out to the rest of the world. And it worked pretty darn well.

The trial resumes today, and I’ll keep updating as more information comes in. Remember you can follow along on Twitter and the Courage Campaign’s liveblogging keep up. I’ll also post the trial reenactment videos (which are a brilliant idea) along with new tweets, articles, and reports. But let’s catch up a bit on what’s gone on so far and check out what we can expect this week.

I summarized Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 of the trial.

Lisa Keen has a review of Friday’s testimony: “It’s not often one hears these words in a federal courtroom: ”Dyke. You fucking dyke. You’re going to die and go to hell.”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights has a great first week roundup of the trial.

The American Prospect has a short summary of the week as well. issues Cease and Desist for Prop 8 Trial Tracker logo depicting family of two mothers with two kids. Prop 8 Trial Tracker says, “Uh uh.”

SF Gate examines Dueling portraits of Prop. 8 backers at trial

Ted Olson’s law firm has a history of supporting gay marriage

What’s up for today:

On the plaintiffs’ side . . .

– Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community. City Attorney Dennis Herrera will conduct the direct examination of Mayor Sanders.

– M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will testify about the private harms caused by Prop. 8 and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples

– Ryan Kendall, a gay man who will testify about the “conversation therapy” he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination.

And on the defendants’ side . . . .

Prop 8 Witness List Shrinks – “Instead of six people, they’ll only have two. The lawyer for the sponsors of the proposition that bans gay marriage says their witnesses are worried about their safety. ”

Also Law Dork chats about the upcoming week.

Below, via Chino Blanco: “Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate travels to the Prop 8 Trial in San Francisco and takes one of Chris Morrow’s cameras to document it. Interviews: Stuart Milk – Nephew of Harvey Milk, Therese Stewart – Chief Deputy City Attorney San Francisco, Adam Hahn – young activist, and David Boies – Boies, Schiller, & Flexner.”

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