Tracking the Prop. 8 trial

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By Tim Redmond

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that banning cameras in the courtroom for the Prop. 8 trial is worthy of an emergency order, the best way to follow what's going on is to pick up the live updates from prop8trialtracker.com. Rick Jacobs is offering not only good news coverage but some poignant commentary:

UPDATE] 12:47 It’s hard to think while this goes on. I’ve never before been on trial, but today every gay or lesgbian person in the country is on trial. The testimony brings up all of that “stuff” that I keep pretending I’ve left behind. I grew up near Knoxville knowing I was gay, but never wanting to be. I dated girls, just like Jeff did. I hid from myself. I became an Orthodox Jew in LA and almost got married because I did not want to be gay. When Boies asked Jeff if he’d be in a more loving, stable relationship if he married a woman, it was not a throw-away. That’s what the NOM folks want you to believe. They want you to believe that if Jeff or me or so many others of us who were born homosexual would just marry a woman, the world would be a better place.

But nothing is further from the truth. How many marriages have broken up because one partner or other was not in love and finally had to leave to be true to his or her nature? How many times in history has a person committed suicide, drunk himself to death or even abused a spouse because he or she was in a marriage that was not real? Society is weakened by these false constructs.

One last point: the defendants had better spend time in the five states in which same sex marriage is now legal. Mr. Cooper, the defandant’s lawyer, said we need more time to see if same-sex marriage will do harm. That means he must support it in those states. His position is regressive and without sense, but if he really believes what he said, get he to New Hampshire and Iowa to preserve same sex marriage!

One of the odd elements of all this: Vaughn Walker, who is hearing the trial without a jury, could wind up issuing one of the most important queer-rights rulings in legal history, and so far, he's been more than open to the anti-Prop.8 side. In fact, the Prop. 8 supporters were the ones who didn't want cameras, and Walker ruled against them. But there was a time when the queer community did everything possible to try to block his appointment to the court.