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Guide to California's Prop 8 Closing Arguments
Journalist Karen Ocamb has provided a fantastic roundup of information as we head into the closing arguments for the fed Prop 8 case and is sharing it with us here at the coffeehouse. Coverage will begin at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EST. A number of outlets will be live-Tweeting and live-blogging the event, including the folks from Act On Principles and Firedoglake; and you can find plenty of info at I'll have a feed up in the column for the hashtag #prop8.

Anticipation is building. The atmosphere itself seems to reverberate with history. On Wednesday morning, District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will hear closing arguments in the federal trial challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8.

The timing is synchronous with the two-year anniversary of the first legal marriages in California on June 16, 2008. And not coincidentally, the lawsuit at the center of the challenge, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, was launched by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in Los Angeles on May 27, 2009 - the day after the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Prop 8. This was the same court that ruled a year earlier, on May 15, 2008, that same sex couples had been denied the fundamental constitutional right to marry. To underscore just how this profound fight for the freedom to marry transcends partisan politics, AFER brought together two of the best legal minds in America - Ted Olson and David Boies - who had been on opposing sides in the historic Bush v. Gore case in 2000.

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Published on:  June 15, 2010

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