Category Archives: Case Background

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 »


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 »


"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 Judge Could Rule Tuesday

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At the end of Monday’s 3-hour long oral arguments, District Court Judge James Ware said he hoped to have a written ruling on the motion to have Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 ruling vacated “within 24 hours”. The bottom line issue: … Continue reading »


Walker Turns Over Trial Videos

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   The federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 last year today turned over controversial recordings of the same sex marriage trial he presided over. Vaughn Walker — who’s now retired — came under fire for using a short excerpt … Continue reading »


Prop 8 Opponents to Court: Hurry Up!

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    In some ways the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the biggest federal barrier to equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It prevents same sex couples who get married in states where it’s legal from getting federal rights bestowed … Continue reading »


A Legal Leg to Stand On?

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   The California Supreme Court voted 7-0 Wednesday to answer a question put to them by the federal court considering the constitutionality of Prop. 8: “Does state law give the official proponents of an initiative the legal authority to defend the … Continue reading »


Proposition 8 Appeals Hearing: Live Blog

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12:45 p.m.: Cooper closes with one last reminder that Colorado Amendment 2, struck down by Romer (1996) is fundamentally different from Proposition 8. Amendment 2 was much more sweeping. The hearing is adjourned. 12:44 p.m.: Cooper: Loving fundamentally different from … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Overturned: What Happens Next?

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U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a ruling lifting the hold on same-sex marriages. The ruling will not take affect until August 18 at 5 p.m., giving Proposition 8 supporters a chance to appeal his decision and continue the hold … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Makes the NewsHour

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Scott spoke with the NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan yesterday, giving the nation a “Prop. 8 primer.” You can watch the interview on the NewsHour’s blog, The Rundown, or watch it right here.