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Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop 8 trial, but The Advocate Tweets live

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LA Times reports, "The U.S. Supreme Court, acting on an appeal from conservative defenders of California's ban on same-sex marriage, overruled a federal judge in San Francisco today and blocked video coverage of the trial on YouTube."

However, the mag, The Advocate, comes through for the throngs of people who want to follow this trial by Live Tweeting updates. You can stay tuned at or #prop8

(the latter info. courtesy of my 15-year-old daughter, Payton, who learned of the live tweeting through Broadway Impact).


Photo gallery from outside court house


Realizing that not everyone (myself only recently) is linked up with Twitter, I've highlighted some tweets.

All props (pun intended) go to The Advocate magazine.

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#prop8 Attorneys squabble over admissibility of campaign videos. Walker allows them to be played for the witness.

#prop8 Walker does not permit plaintiffs to play the highly parodied "gathering storm" TV ad, given in part that it was post Prop. 8

If you've never seen "Gathering Storm" it's a must to see the fear mongering methods being used against same-sex marriages. Watch it here and even though it seems like a parody itself, sadly it's not. But please be sure to check one of the great "Gathering Storm" parodies here.


court back in session:

From the TheAdvocateMag onTwitter:

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#prop8 Cooper wants to see evidence of all public comments on broadcast of trial.

#prop8 Walker: They're certainly available. I can't say I've read every one of them (there are about 138,000 comments submitted)

#prop8 Def attys cross-examining plaintiff Paul Katami...questions center on teaching children about marriage in schools.

#prop8 As with Prop 8 campaign, defense questioning focuses less on rights of gay couples and more on rights of parents to "protect"...#prop8 ...children from school discussions on marriage.

#prop8 Plaintiff Kristin Perry takes the stand

#prop8 Perry: I never let myself want [marriage]. Growing up you never let yourself want it, because you're told you can't have it

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#prop8 Perry and Stier originally married in August 2004 in SF after Mayor Newsom ordered the city to allow same-sex ceremonies.

#prop8 Perry on 2008 Ca Supreme Court decision allowing marriage: "I didn't feel like it was a permanent solution...#prop8 ...and we had already experience an impermanent solution" in 2004.

#prop8 "It's not the same thing," Perry says of partnerships. "It isn't the same thing as a celebration."

#prop8 Perry: "Marriage symbolizes the most important decision you make as an adult."

Morning Recap: Federal Prop. 8 Trial : Lead plaintiff attorney Ted Olson argued Prop. 8 "adds yet another chapt..


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#prop8 Defense declines to cross-examine Perry. Olson calls her partner, Sandra Stier to the stand.

#prop8 Olson: What is so special about the word marriage? Stier: I want someone who is my wife. We're not girlfriends, we're not partners...#prop8 Stier: We're married

#prop8 Stier: I feel [Prop 8 campaign] was used to convince people that there was a growing evil to be feared. That evil is us, I guess..

#prop8 Stier: ...I felt sickened."

#prop8 Stier on prop 8 campaign: I feel it was used to convince people that there was a growing evil to be feared. (cont)

#prop8 Defense (again) declines to cross-examine a plaintiff (3 of 4). Nancy Kott, Harvard history prof, takes the (cont)

#prop8 Harvard historian Cott: To think of marriage as universal around the globe is not accurate.

#prop8 Cott on defendant's notion of traditional, "biblical" marriage: To be honest I found that amusing. The bibl (cont)

#prop8 Cott: Only those who can't marry their partner of choice are aware that the ability to marry is an expression of one's freedom.

#prop8 "There really is no comparison," Cott says of DP vs. marriage. "There really is nothing like marriage except marriage."

#prop8 Court adjourns for the day, resumes tomorrow at 8:30 (PDT). Thanks to everyone for following us today.


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