How can a lawyer say this with a straight face? (via The Bilerico Project)
“Marriage is for a child whose mom and dad had a sexual union. Marriage is to take men and women’s procreation and to “channel it into an enduring union.” [said Charles Cooper, lawyer for Yes on 8. They are acting as primary defendants because Governor Schwartzenegger has refused to defend Proposition 8 despite being named as the primary defendant in the case.] [Federal Judge Vaughn] Walker asked. How does same-sex marriage diminish procreation for heterosexual couples?
“Well, will this institution remain a pro-child institution or will it be a private relationship that provides couples with personal fulfillment, companionship, and expressions of love?”
Cooper also told Judge Walker that gay marriage would “de-institutionalize” the “institution” of marriage.
Against that argument, the plaintiff’s lawyer, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, basically had this to say (again via the Bilerico Project):
1) Marriage is vitally important in American Society.
2) Denying same-sex Prop 8 causes grievous harm against gay and lesbian individuals and adds another chapter of discrimination and suffering.
3) Prop 8 perpetrates immeasurable harm for no good reason.
Judge Walker is kinda-sorta expected to decide in favor of the plaintiffs, but yesterday he asked lawyers for each side of the case several pointed questions. This is a good thing – the case gets a fair and thorough hearing, strengthening a potential victory.
Both the DC Agenda and the Bilerico Project are running daily summaries of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, and the Courage Campaign is not only live-blogging the procedings, but also has a handy-dandy cheat sheet of the major names and players.
D.C. – The SLDN is pissed that Obama’s advisors did not include a DADT repeal in its questionaire to supporters asking what the Administration’s priorities should be for the new year. (The Advocate, AmericaBlog)
Malawi – Gay couple heckled and mocked before trail for violating the country’s ban on gay sex. (Towleroad)
Uganda – While world-wide religious leaders “reject” and “condemn” the “Kill Gays” bill (and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church fights itself over the issue), President Yoweri Museveni says he’s going to work with the bill’s sponsor to “to reach a position that will leave both the local and international community satisfied.” (Box Turtle Bulletin)
Atlanta – Football player outed? Painful, sad story. (The Advocate)
Louisiana – Two weeks ago, a gay man was brutally murdered outside the bar where he worked, and the police say they still have no leads. (The Advocate)
Florida – Glamor shots at the kick-off of the ACLU’s campaign to end Florida’s 70’s-era ban on adoption by LBG individuals. (The Bilerico Project)