Category Archives: Evidence & Documents

Lots of "friends" for and against Prop. 8

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A legal tsunami of Amicus curiae or “friend of the court” briefs are washing over the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel will consider Judge Vaugh Walker’s August decision striking down Prop. 8. A quick scan of … Continue reading »

Schwarzenegger, Brown Respond to State High Court

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The State Supreme Court ordered Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to respond to an emergency petition filed by the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) on Tuesday.

Appeals Court Puts a Hold on Same-Sex Marriages

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals put same-sex weddings in California on hold, while it considers the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The appeals court’s order trumps District Vaughn Walker’s ruling last week that would have allowed county clerks to begin … Continue reading »

Supporters of Proposition 8 File Emergency Appeal

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Supporters of Proposition 8 filed for an emergency stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling to allow same-sex marriages. They argue that other courts have routinely ruled that marriage has been traditionally defined as between a man and a woman, and … Continue reading »

Breaking News: Stay on Prop. 8 Ruling Will Be Lifted

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U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted the stay on his ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, which has kept same-sex couples from marrying. However, his decision will not take effect until next week. That judgment shall be STAYED until … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Friends in High Places

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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.

Anti-Gay-Marriage Videos Admitted Into Evidence

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Week 3 of the Prop. 8 federal trial began with a skirmish over evidence. At issue are videos of religious rallies that occurred during the campaign for Prop. 8 and whether they should be admitted into evidence.