On the last day of testimony in the Prop. 8 trial, Judge Walker gave interested parties a week to file any additional “friend of the court” amicus briefs on behalf of either the plaintiffs (those hoping to strike down Prop. 8) or the defendants. These briefs are intended to provide additional legal support for or against the parties and, in some cases, are even sited by judges in their decisions. Forty-one requests to file amicus briefs were submitted. On behalf of the plaintiffs:
- American Civil Liberties Union-Northern California [pdf via AFER]
- Donald King, retired Appeals Court Judge [pdf via AFER],
- A group including the American Anthropological Association [pdf via AFER], the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, California.
- The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, CA Division. [pdf via AFER]
- A group of religious organizations, including the California Council of Churches, a reform Judaism organization and the United Church of Christ.
As of Thursday, there was just one request to file an amicus brief on behalf of the Prop. 8 defendants. Michael J. McDermott, a “native San Franciscan” living in Alameda County wrote in his statement that he was “targeted for retaliation” for supporting Prop. 8 and feels “the need to defend the validity of my vote.” (Sorry, I couldn't find a link to the text of this one.)