Thursday, August 05, 2010

More on Proposition 8's pitiful court defense

Again I reiterate the position that Proposition 8 lost yesterday not because of "activist judges" or because of a "secret plot," but because those defending Proposition 8 blew it. They had the chance to defend the vote and failed miserably. I pulled out a number of pieces which proves my point:

Prop. 8 Supporters: We Don't Need Evidence - this is Judge Vaughn Walker's summary of the evidence by those supporting Proposition 8:

At oral argument on proponents' motion for summary judgment, the court posed to proponents' counsel the assumption that "the state's interest in marriage is procreative" and inquired how permitting same-sex marriage impairs or adversely affects that interest. Counsel replied that the inquiry was "not the legally relevant question," but when pressed for an answer, counsel replied: "Your honor, my answer is: I don’t know. I don't know."…

Despite this response, proponents in their trial brief promised to "demonstrate that redefining marriage to encompass same-sex relationships" would effect some twenty-three specific harmful consequences. At trial, however, proponents presented only one witness, David Blankenhorn, to address the government interest in marriage. Blankenhorn’s testimony…provided no credible evidence to support any of the claimed adverse effects proponents promised to demonstrate. During closing arguments, proponents again focused on the contention that "responsible procreation is really at the heart of society's interest in regulating marriage." When asked to identify the evidence at trial that supported this contention, proponents' counsel replied, "you don't have to have evidence of this point."

Pro-Prop 8 Witness Laments Reaction - David Blankenhorn, the only pro-Proposition 8 witness has not had a good experience. I do feel sorry for him. His testimony was probably a huge reason why lgbts won yesterday.

Does Miles McPherson want to hide his gay = pedophilia belief from the Proposition 8 trial? - This piece of mine from earlier this year talks about how there could have been other witnesses for Proposition 8. But they chose not to testify.

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