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Greetings and welcome to the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, a project of the Courage Campaign Institute.

Throughout the Prop 8 trial, aka Perry v Schwarzenegger or Olson/Boies we will be documenting how the right-wing is responding to, distorting and continuing to undermine Judge Walker and the entire proceedings.

Check back for updates from your faithful bloggers: Robert Cruickshank, Public Policy Director and Julia Rosen, Online Political Director at the Courage Campaign.


  • 1. Jan Elise Sells  |  January 11, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Thank you for keeping us informed! I am grateful at least to follow the hearings through your reports–until such time as the videos are released.

  • 2. Carl Stehman  |  January 11, 2010 at 6:06 am

    I believe that the Declaration of Independence which started the United States back in 1776 has the words
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    It doesn't say all heterosexuals. Today we would use the work all people, or some such.
    There fore a persons basic rights given by the Declaration should not be decided by voters. The pursuit of happiness. If a committed couple want's to bind their relationship by marriage they should be able to regardless of their sexual orientation. Some may argue that homosexuality is a choice. It is not a choice, we are "wired" as homosexual just as heterosexuals are wired to be attracted to women. No one in their right mind would choose to be homosexual in our society. As for the destruction of the family argument. What about the 50% divorce rate. Heterosexuals are pretty good at destroying the family. What about all the children born out of wedlock by unwed mothers. There is no family. So let those folks get their act together before trying to scare the rest of us. I married to hide my try identity. I have a daughter, so I had a family. But I was miserable deep down inside. So I made a sacrifice to follow the rules. But that did not change my true nature. I tried with thousands of dollars in therapy. But the person we were trying to fix was not the real me, so it did not work.

  • 3. Janice Adams  |  January 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

    It is such a sad thing that people will often marry, maim themselves or die, protecting their sexual identity. This is a state of affairs that should not be tolerated. No one should be forced to hide themselves or be in fear of being who they are. This is wrong on all levels. I hope that if this trial is won it will be moved on to other States and under fair and equal laws good people will be able to express themselves fully in this great melting pot of a country.

  • 4. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Janice, I am just now getting to read this particular post and its comments. And if you have been following this site since then, you may already know what I am about to say. AFER, and Olson & Boies, et al., have already stated that they are committed to taking this to other states until marriage equality is the law in all the US, up to and including at the federal level.

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  • 6. PoxyHowzes  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Marylanders: Take heart, But Take Lessons from New York

    As I contemplate New York's experience last night with Maryland's this Spring, it occurs to me that even though New York was coming off a defeat in 2009, while Maryland is coming off an abject "fizzle-out" this Spring, there are important differences in the two come-back efforts.

    It took a lot of political organization to win marriage equality in NY State.

    It took a paced, pointed, public, participatory, protracted and (only incidentally political) "feelgood" campaign.

    It took advocacy by New York's apparatchiks, actors, athletes, authors, advocates, apostates, apologists, adherents, & atheists.
    [Maryland has fewer than New York in any of those categories.]

    It took a NY State Constitution that does not allow for a voter referendum. [A Maryland vote will immediately go to statewide voter referendum.]

    It took Governor Cuomo in NY, who is much more committed to marriage equality than Martin O'Malley in MD seems to be.

    It took "rock-star" Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She's much stronger than either Senator Barb (Milkulski) or Senator Ben (Cardin).

    It took a "tail-that-wags-the-dog" NY City and it's rich, activist, non-liberal Mayor promoting financial benefits of marriage equality.
    [Maryland's major city, Baltimore, impedes, rather than leads. It's Mayor is neither rich nor activist.]

    It took more public polling than Maryland enjoys — public polling frequent enough to show momentum over months, even weeks.

    It took a NY populace that is some 5 to 8 percentage points greater in their support of marriage equality than Marylanders are.

    It took (reportedly) polling by NY Republicans indicating some (R) districts where a vote against could be riskier than a vote for.

    It took an extraordinary coalition — and an extraordinarily organized coalition — of LGBT+ advocacy groups.
    [Maryland has no such coalition. It certainly cannot look to such organization. Maryland supporters are in total disarray.]

    It took a $1 to $2 million campaign fund in NY, something Maryland supporters haven't even approached, even proportionately.

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