Prop 8 Trial Begins
- First, One News Now (the other side)
'Marriage' in Calif. - a never-ending legal battle
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 1/11/2010 7:00:00 AM
Attorneys are in San Francisco again to argue yet another lawsuit filed to
overturn California's Proposition 8.
Prop. 8 is the constitutional amendment that a majority of California voters
approved in November 2008 to overturn a State Supreme Court decision that
legalized homosexual "marriage" in that state. Alliance Defense Fund
<http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/> (ADF) attorney Austin Nimocks tells
OneNewsNow that proponents of same-gender marriage -- who are arguing that
Prop. 8 violates the U.S. Constitution -- evidently have a problem with a
basic democratic process.
"The advocates of redefining marriage are trying to do it yet once again
through the courts, to impose [same-sex marriage] upon people who don't want
it...," says the attorney. "And really the fundamental issue here is whether
or not in America we respect and should uphold the right of a free people to
make social policy choices through the democratic process."
Irrespective of any legal arguments, Nimocks says that is the only focus of
the debate. "[W]hat we have here is a handful of activists who are trying to
void a constitutional amendment simply because they don't agree with the
collective decision of seven-million Californians," he states.
The rest of the story is here:
Second, Edge (our side) carrying an article from the AP
Groundbreaking gay marriage trial starts in Calif
by Lisa Leff
Monday Jan 11, 2010
The first federal trial to determine if the U.S. Constitution prohibits
states from outlawing same-sex marriage gets under way Monday, and the two
gay couples on whose behalf the case was brought will be among the first
The proceedings, which are expected to last two to three weeks, involve a
challenge to Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban approved by California
voters in November 2008.
Regardless of the outcome, the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S.
Supreme Court, where it ultimately could become a landmark that determines
if gay Americans have the right to marry.
The judge who will render a decision, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R.
Walker, has asked lawyers arguing for and against the ban to present the
facts underlying much of the political rhetoric surrounding same-sex
marriage. Among the questions Walker plans to entertain are whether sexual
orientation can be changed, how legalizing gay marriage affects traditional
marriages and the effect on children of being raised by two mothers or two
The rest of the story is here: http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?100956
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