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Prop 8 Trial – Day Twelve; Defense Expected to Finish

Yesterday, plaintiffs’ attorneys finished their cross-examination of defense expert Kenneth Miller.  Then, defendants called David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, as their second expert witness.  Despite plaintiffs’ counsel noting that Mr. Blankenhorn lacked the usual qualifications to be an expert witness, Judge Walker permitted his testimony to go forward.  Blankenhorn testified that the purpose of marriage is to ensure that children are raised by their biological parents, and if same-sex couples were allowed to marry, it would make the institution of marriage about the needs of adults, “deinstitutionalizing” it and discouraging different-sex couples from marrying.  Late in the day, plaintiffs’ attorney David Boies began his cross-examination of Blankenhorn, eliciting from him that the children of same-sex couples would benefit from their parents being married.  For more details, Shannon Minter has his usual excellent analysis on Pam’s House Blend. Today, we expect further cross-examination of David Blankenhorn and the defendants to offer any last evidence.  As we noted yesterday, Judge Walker will then recess for a couple of weeks to review the evidence before hearing closing arguments from both sides.  Keep an eye on the #prop8 hashtag on Twitter and the Courage Campaign’s Prop 8 Trial Tracker site for updates during the day.  Check back with us tomorrow morning for a wrap-up of today’s proceedings.

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