Category Archives: Case Background

What Would Kennedy Do?

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A day after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision involving anti-gay discrimination and the First Amendment, the legal team challenging Prop. 8 sent Judge Vaugh Walker a letter. Signed by attorney Theodore Boutrous, Jr, the letter is intended … Continue reading »

39 Questions

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A week before closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has given attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants their homework. Walker directed 12 questions to each side and another 15 questions to both. Among the questions he … Continue reading »

Finally -- the Final Stretch

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After three months of behind-the-scenes legal wrangling, Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday targeted closing arguments in the federal Prop. 8 trial for June 16th. In court Wednesday all sides seemed eager to wrap up the trial. For the past three … Continue reading »

What's good for the goose ...

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Judge Vaughn Walker today ordered groups that opposed Prop. 8 to turn over some internal communications among No on 8 organizations. The groups, including Equality California and the ACLU, fought the order and may appeal today’s decision. Last year Prop. … Continue reading »

State of the Unions

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A Friday deadline looms in the Prop. 8 trial — it’s the last day additional briefs can be submitted by either side before a date for closing arguments is set by Judge Vaughn Walker.  Still time for a little background reading … Continue reading »

Gay-Rights Groups Become Spectators As Key Legal Case Begins

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When the federal trial challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 gets underway Monday morning in San Francisco, leading lesbian and gay civil rights leaders in the state will find themselves in an unfamiliar location: in the audience.