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Prop 8 Trial Update – On to Day Two

As we told you yesterday, testimony began in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial in federal district court in San Francisco.  The trial began with Ted Olson’s eloquent opening statement on behalf of the plaintiffs, which laid out the core of this case in clear and powerful terms: “Proposition 8 ended the dream of marriage, the most important relation in life, for the plaintiffs and hundreds of thousands of Californians.”  Charles Cooper gave an opening statement for the defendant-intervenors, the pro-Proposition 8 groups, which included, among other gems, that without Proposition 8, marriage would be “de-instutionalized.” Yesterday’s action also saw poignant testimony from the Perry plaintiffs -- Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo – about how Proposition 8 harms them and their families and the beginning of testimony by Harvard University professor Nancy Cott, an expert on the history of the institution of marriage.  Great wrap-ups of yesterday’s action abound, particularly the summation by NCLR’s Shannon Minter on Pam's House Blend and an account, complete with pictures, from Karen Ocamb on LGBT-POV. On tap today is further testimony from Professor Cott.  Despite the Supreme Court’s suspension of the posting of the trial recordings, there are a host of folks covering the trial live using the #prop 8 hashtag on Twitter.  You can also find frequent updates via the Courage Campaign's Prop 8 Trial Tracker site.  Check in with HRC Back Story tomorrow morning for an update on today’s proceedings. Also, some video from MSNBC:

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