Author Archives: Scott Shafer

Another Gay Marriage Foe Evolves

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Anyone who witnessed the Prop. 8 trial in 2010 (and sadly few did since the U.S. Supreme Court banned cameras in the courtroom at the last minute) remembers the testimony of David Blankenhorn as one of the highlights. Blankenhorn, founder and … Continue reading »


9th Circuit Smack Down: Keep Trial Tapes Secret

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The Chief Judge of California’s Northern District Court last year ordered video tapes of the Prop. 8 trial released. But a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today disagreed — and it wasn’t close. In a 3-0 … Continue reading »


Clooney Lends Star Power to Prop 8 Play

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The West Coast premiere of “8″, the stage play written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), will star George Clooney. The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is funding the legal team fighting Prop. 8, announced that Clooney will perform at … Continue reading »


Ethics of Prop. 8 Judge Weighed in Federal Appeals Court

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Judicial ethics and rules of disclosure require judges to reveal whether they have a personal interest in the outcome of a case before them. Supporters of Prop. 8 argue for that reason Judge Vaughn Walker should have disclosed he was … Continue reading »


Prop. 8's Long and Winding Road Continues

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It’s been exactly a year since a panel of 9th Circuit Court judges heard oral arguments on an appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 decision striking down Prop. 8 for violating the U.S. Constitution. No decision has been rendered on that … Continue reading »


9th Circuit: Don't release the trial tapes

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals isn’t known for being cautious or conservative. But the three-judge panel hearing the appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8 issued an order stopping Friday’s scheduled release of the trial video … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Videos Released -- Almost.

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Video tapes of the 12-day federal trial over the constitutionality of Prop. 8 may soon be available for viewing. Federal Judge James Ware  Monday released a 16-page decision in which he found “no compelling reasons” to keep the tapes sealed now … Continue reading »


Trial Videos Squabble A Warm Up to Main Event

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At today’s hearing on whether to release the Prop. 8 trial recordings, Federal Judge James Ware noted that on his way into the building this morning he saw a woman holding a sign that read “Free the Tapes.” That elicited giggles in … Continue reading »


"Milk" Director's Next Project: Prop. 8

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Dustin Lance Black, who snagged an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by writing “Milk” starring Sean Penn,  has turned his talent to Prop. 8, using courtroom transcripts and interviews to create a Broadway-bound play called “8.” And befitting Black’s reputation, 8 has … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Standing Question a Close Call

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Months after agreeing to a request by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court has set a date (September 6th) for oral arguments to consider whether state law allows proponents of ballot measures to defend them in court when … Continue reading »