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Published: 12/8/10

Prop 8 Debate Covers All Bases as California Awaits Gay-Marriage Ruling

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8 Debate Covers All Bases as California Awaits Gay-Marriage Ruling

What you thought of Monday's appeals court argument over the fate of same-sex marriage in California likely depends upon what you think of the merits of the issue. If you support Proposition 8, and therefore oppose same-sex marriage, you likely considered the oral argument before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals an annoying roadblock on the way to the conservative U.S. Supreme Court. But if you oppose the 2008 state ballot initiative, and therefore support same-sex marriage, you likely considered the hours-long debate between the lawyers and the three-judge panel a fascinating milestone i...

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...

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