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Published: 08/6/10

Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Conduct Post-Mortem

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Conduct Post-Mortem

Leave it to the Liberty Counsel, a conservative action group, to say what many people have been thinking about a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that struck down California's anti-same-sex marriage initiative. Proposition 8, the group alleges, was not "adequately defended" in court in San Francisco by a rival conservative group, the Alliance Defense Fund. Here is a portion of the organization's press release issued just hours after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker declared the marriage ban unconstitutional under the equal protection and due process clauses of the Constitution: The Califor...

Published: 08/4/10

The Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Wins a Sweeping Legal Victory

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
The Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Wins a Sweeping Legal Victory

The legal team that fought to save California's Proposition 8 from history's scrap heap practically dared U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to rule against the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State. Led by attorney Charles Cooper, who stumbled and bumbled his way through closing arguments, these defenders of "traditional" marriage presented virtually no evidence to support their case during the months-long trial in San Francisco. Instead, they kept telling the veteran judge that legal standards and precedents were so clear and unambiguously in their favor t...

Published: 06/16/10

Proposition 8 Trial: Defense Closing Arguments [QUOTES]

By  Carl Franzen - Politics Daily
Proposition 8 Trial: Defense Closing Arguments [QUOTES]

After impassioned and pragmatic arguments on behalf of the plaintiffs, attorneys in the landmark Proposition 8 trial took to the floor this afternoon with just as much vigor to defend the constitutionality of California's controversial ban on gay marriage, which won 52% of citizens' votes back in November 2008. Arguing for the defense in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, attorney Charles Cooper stressed the role of traditional male-female marriage in procreation and child-rearing. As quoted in the The Guardian: The historical record leaves no doubt, your honor, none whatsoever, that the central purpo...

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