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2010: California's Prop 8 Trial

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PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 12 summary: liberal Dem. who opposes ‘gay marriage’ testifies

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–A self-described “liberal Democrat” testified Wednesday as to why marriage should remain the union of one man and one woman, as the testimony portion of the California Prop 8 federal trial concluded. The trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco will determine whether California was within its rights to prohibit […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 11 summary: religious conservatives again targeted

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Religious conservatives once again were the target of criticism Tuesday as the California Prop 8 federal trial — which could result in the legalization of “gay marriage” nationwide — concluded its 11th day. The trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco will determine whether California was within its rights in […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 10 summary: initiative supporters call first witness

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--The plaintiffs in the California Prop 8 federal trial Monday rested their case and the defendants called their first witness as the trial reached its 10th day.

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 9 summary: plaintiffs wrapping up case

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–A witness known as an expert on “sexual orientation” said Friday during the California Prop 8 federal trial that homosexuality is not a choice, although he said he did not know what the origin of homosexuality was and couldn’t think of any studies showing a biological basis. The man, Gregory M. Herek of […]

PROP 8 TRIAL summary, Day 8: Chinese religious leader criticized for views

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Attorneys seeking to overturn California Prop 8 continued Thursday what critics called a chilling attack on religious freedom, as Prop 8 opponents called to the witness stand and questioned Hak-Shing William Tam, a leader in the Chinese Christian community who backed Prop 8. The federal trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 7 summary: prof says religion ‘chief obstacle’ to gay progress

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–A Stanford University professor Wednesday criticized the traditional beliefs on marriage by Southern Baptists and Catholics, saying during the California Prop 8 federal trial that “religion is the chief obstacle” to political progress by homosexuals. The trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco could last several weeks and will determine […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 6 summary: mayor who changed mind on ‘gay marriage’ testifies

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Conservative attorneys say emotional appeals should play no role in deciding a trial outcome, but such appeals once again dominated the California Proposition 8 federal trial Tuesday when San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders — who supports “gay marriage” — took the stand. The federal trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 5 summary: prof says children don’t need mom, dad

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–A psychology professor from the University of Cambridge contented Jan. 15 during the California Prop 8 trial that children don’t necessarily need a mother and a father, but he then made a series of acknowledgements on cross-examination that opposing attorneys said damaged his testimony. The federal trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 4 summary

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–The fourth day of the California Prop 8 federal trial Thursday included two witnesses friendly to the “gay marriage” cause — one who spoke about the economic aspect of Prop 8 and the other about supposed stigmatization same-sex couples face. The trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco could last […]

PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 3 summary: SBC, Catholic beliefs on marriage called prejudiced

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Southern Baptist Convention and Catholic belief statements on homosexuality and “gay marriage” were read Wednesday during the California Prop 8 trial as examples of prejudice and bias against homosexuals — a courtroom moment conservative attorneys say underscores that religious liberty is at stake. The exchange on day three of the federal trial occurred […]