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Prop 8 Trial - Day Seven



Resources: Liveblogs of the proceedings and commentary
Firedog Lake Trial Coverage
Prop 8 Trial Tracker

Day 7 Preview and More from Mayor Sanders
January 20, 2010

By Eden James

The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization that has funded the legal challenge to Prop 8 in this court case, announced in a press release that the following gentlemen will be taking the stand on Wednesday — Day 7 of the Prop 8 trial:
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
Gary M. Segura, Ph.D,Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He will testify about the relative political power of gays and lesbians as a class of citizens, and their level of political vulnerability.

The rest of AFER’s press release is below the fold, including comments by Mayor Jerry Sanders and his lesbian daughter Lisa at the daily post-trial press conference on Tuesday (as well as the YouTubed speech by Sanders shown at the trial on Tuesday). A staunch Republican and conservative, Sanders made this provocative point at the press event about the meaning of equality:
“I think denying marriage equality is just as wrong as telling blacks that they couldn’t use white-only drinking fountains. It’s government action that’s founded in prejudice,” Sanders said to reporters at the courthouse. “The first step towards equality in society is equality under the law.”

Longtime reporter Rex Wockner also attended the Sanders presser and has photos and quotes here.

ETA: FDL's liveblog for today: Part 1 (objection wrangling and depositions) | Part 2 (with Kendall and Dr. Segura's testimony)
ETA 2: Prop 8 Trial Tracker's liveblog for today: Part 1 | Part 2

ETA 2: Prop 8 Trial Tracker sued for copyright infringement over their logo, which is a parody of the "yes on 8" logo. I am linking this as it brings the lulz in the midst of today's testimony, which...mostly does not.

I'm taking over for bnmc2005 today, as they have jury duty. There are rumors going around that a studio is going to be doing a reenactment à la the Michael Jackson trial and putting it on YouTube, so IF this happens I will totally add links. Proceedings begin at 8:30 am PST!
Tags: law, marriage equality
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