Landmark Prop 8 Trial Concludes

In live blogs during yesterday’s closing arguments in San Francisco Judge Walker repeatedly asked the Prop 8 defense attorney Cooper what evidence his side had for the argument that barring gay marriage is justified. Attorney Cooper kept insisting that the premise is self-evident. Plaintiffs’ attorney Theodore Olson pounced on the lack of evidence presented by Cooper, saying, ” ‘I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence,’ doesn’t cut it.”

Olson argued that Prop 8 violates federal guarantees of due process and equal protection, whereas, Cooper argued for a traditional understanding and role of marriage. Today’s NY Times indicates , “tradition seemed on the losing end of the argument.”

The case is now in the hands of Judge Walker.  Regardless of his ruling, there is a high likelihood that the losing side will appeal the decision.  As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

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