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Testify: Historians Take Stand To Explain The Origins Of Marriage

Today, expert testimony begins in Perry v. Schwarzenegger - the trial to overturn Proposition 8 in California, and two historians - one specializing in marriage, the other in gay rights - are preparing to take the stand.

Yesterday's opening arguments set the tone for how each side will frame the case. The LA Times summarizes:

In his opening argument, [Theodore Olson] called marriage "one of the most vital personal rights" and a "basic civil right." Withholding it from gays and lesbians "doesn't make sense," he said.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker asked if the state should simply get out of the business of issuing marriage licenses.

"That may solve the problem," Olson said, but it "would never happen."


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Tags: california, lgbtq / gender & sexual minorities, marriage, marriage equality
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