Plaintiffs End Arguments, Defendants Begin in Proposition 8 Case


After two weeks of witness testimony arguing that California’s Proposition 8 violated constitutional guarantees to equal protection and due process, plaintiff lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies turned the floor over to the defendants. They spent yesterday trying to prove that gays and lesbians are not victims of systematic bias. “It is true that in 2000 and 2008 the L.G.B.T. community, gays and lesbians, lost ballot measure contests” on the subject of gay marriage, said witness Kenneth Miller, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. “However, California voters have not used the initiative process nor the popular referendum to repeal or limit the Legislature’s other broad expansions of L.G.B.T. rights.” Hear that, gays? Referendums haven’t taken away the other rights that everyone else is afforded but you have been, until recently, denied. So how can you possibly get mad when they take away just this one? Now you’re just being unreasonable.

Supporters of Gay Marriage Ban Start Case [NYT]