Sunday Late Night: What Fools They Be

By: Sunday June 20, 2010 8:01 pm

How, then, Ted Olson asked, can the expression of that protected private right result in the state’s withholding of the fundamental marital bond? It can’t. It especially can not when no harm has been shown, by the evidence.


Come Saturday Morning: Take a Bow

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 6:30 am

I think these folks should take a bow. They went above and beyond the call of duty this week.

Liveblogging the Prop 8 Trial: Closing Arguments, Afternoon Session (Part 52, 6/16)

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 3:13 pm

[Today, FDL is lucky to carry simultaneous liveblogging of Perry v. Schwarzenegger by Marcy/bmaz and Teddy--for Teddy's ongoing liveblog click here and for Marcy Part One click here]

Prop 8 Liveblog: The City of San Francisco Weighs In

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:15 pm

FDL Covers the Prop 8 Trial[Today, FDL is lucky to carry simultaneous liveblogging of Perry v. Schwarzenegger by Marcy/bmaz and Teddy--for Teddy's ongoing liveblog click here and for Marcy Part One click here]

Liveblogging the Prop 8 Trial: Closing Arguments (Part 49, 6/16)

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 10:02 am

Good morning from the Burton Federal Courthouse, San Francisco, Ceremonial Courtroom. We are awaiting the start of Closing Arguments today in Perry v Schwarzenegger, the landmark civil rights trial of the century, which will determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8, passed by Californians the same day Barack Obama was elected president. Prop 8 restricts marriage to one man and one woman, and is being challenged by two California same-sex couples who seek to marry, along with the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Perry v Schwarzenegger Closing Arguments Wednesday 6/16: LIVE at FDL

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 3:45 pm

Here’s the wrapup schedule, essentially what to expect on Wednesday in the last inning of the federal trial in San Francisco on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 that made marriage equality illegal.

Our liveblogging will resume tomorrow (Wednesday 6/16) at approximately 10am pacific time; we’ll have posts for you at The Seminal (Teddy) and at Emptywheel (Marcy and Bmaz). For your reference, here’s what we expect the schedule to look like (all times pacific/FDL, so please don’t expect any liveblog posts before 1pm eastern time!):

Prop 8 Trial Closing Arguments: Next Wednesday’s Schedule (6/16)

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 2:15 pm

For those of you who will be joining Marcy, bmaz and me for Closing Arguments of Perry v Schwarzenegger next Wednesday, June 16th, here’s the schedule for orations. These times are all PDT (FDL) time.

Prop 8: No 2010 Re-Vote; Judge Walker Wants to Close Evidence Record

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 12:55 pm

In Prop 8 news today, backers of a 2010 ballot initiative to repeal the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage failed to gather enough signatures to qualify their initiative for the ballot. In Prop 8 trial news, Judge Vaughn Walker has notified trial participants that he intends to close the evidentiary record, and seeks comments on that intention by this Friday.

A Barren Straight Wife Watches the Prop 8 Trial

By: Saturday January 23, 2010 7:00 pm

I may be barren, but I think any couple that makes it through such life-changing events like cancer together gets full claim to the title of marriage.

But, as Audrey Bilger points out, the Prop 8 proponents envision not just denying that title–marriage–to same sex couples. They would deny that title to a lot of straight couples, too, couples just like mr. emptywheel and me, who remain childless. And they would go further.

Hey Charlie, Are You Writing “Idiot America, Volume Two” yet?

By: Saturday January 16, 2010 9:00 am

Whether he knows it or not, Charlie Pierce probably understands the Prop 8 trial going on in Judge Walker’s courtroom in California better than anyone else. It’s a reprise of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, where experts are suspects and idiots are geniuses.

Charlie, are you working on IA, Volume II yet?

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