Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
The historic federal trial has been in session for 2 weeks now. Defenders and opponents of Proposition 8 - the ballot measure which deemed gay marriage illegal in the state of California in the 2008 Presidential election - have made their claims. Says an attorney for the Prop 8 side:
Thursday, January 28, 2010
“In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. I am immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war, and I believe it would be a mistake to repeal the policy.
“This successful policy has been in effect for over fifteen years, and it is well understood and predominantly supported by our military at all levels. We have the best trained, best equipped, and most professional force in the history of our country, and the men and women in uniform are performing heroically in two wars. At a time when our Armed Forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy.”
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
In which Masters Chauncey and Thompson spar over semantics
In my search for live-blogging and reporting from the San Francisco high court Proposition 8 Trial proceedings, I have waded through a myriad of gay and legal blogs searching for excerpts which would put a focus to the direction of the arguments.
The blog which had the most precise excerpts also had the worst commentary and was entirely too San Francisco in its language and its satire. So I had to pull out those which kept to the thread of the argument. Not an easy task, it took me the better part of two hours, and was mainly disappointing in the extreme.
But I did manage to glean that thus far, what has been stressed, are these main points:
1. That an "animus" without reason or the ethics of reason may have been at work with Tam, other Prop 8 backers, and many Mormons
2. That gay males are suspect regarding AIDs and promiscuity
3. That the focus on children is not being cross examined in any indepth way
4. That Chauncey is serious, and that Thompson has a sense of humor :
Chauncey: “I would hardly call Yale a bellwether of public opinion in the United States.” Thompson: “Thank heavens.”
Into Day Four: Mercury News; Live Reporting: Gay Marriage would bring $35 million per year to the city of San Francisco, economic expert testifies : In which civil rights and economic expedience meet in the trial of Proposition 8.