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Day Four of the Prop 8 Trial; Supreme Court Says “No” to Broadcast, Expert Testimony Continues

While the big news late yesterday was the Supreme Court’s decision not to allow the broadcast of the trial, it was also a compelling day in Judge Walker’s courtroom.  Yesterday began with the cross-examination of Yale professor George Chauncey, in which pro-Prop 8 lawyer David Thompson laughably suggested whether “Will and Grace,” “Brokeback Mountain” and other examples of LGBT people in popular culture meant that there isn’t really any societal discrimination against us.  When Therese Stewart, the attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, examined Chauncey, she asked him to review statements from the deposition of a key figure in the “Yes on 8” campaign, Dr. Bill Tam.  Included in Dr. Tam’s deposition were a number of gems, but the one that’s understandably gotten the most attention was his suggestion that after marriage, the next step in the “gay agenda” would be to legalize pedophilia.  The last witness of the day was Anne Peplau, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and an expert on gender, sexual orientation and relationships.  Dr. Peplau testified about the similarity between same-sex and different-sex committed couples and the important ways that marriage impacts both.  As always, there’s more great analysis from NCLR’s Shannon Minter on Pam’s House Blend.

Today, we expect continued cross-examination of Dr. Peplau and more testimony from expert witnesses on how discrimination impacts lesbian and gay couples. While you won’t be able to watch the day’s proceedings on YouTube, there’s an amazing amount of coverage out there – keep following the #prop8 hashtag on Twitter and the Courage Campaign’s Prop 8 Trial Tracker site for frequent updates.  And check back with us tomorrow for a wrap-up of today’s proceedings.

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