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All arguments now in on Prop 8 appeal; challengers expect decision could come quickly

There was some drama in the courtroom as attorneys litigating Proposition 8 in a San Francisco federal appeals court Thursday took their last swings. The normally staid somewhat flustered

Judge ponders whether videotape of Prop 8 trial constitutes evidence

A federal district court judge in San Francisco Monday (August 29) heard vigorous arguments over a request to release for public viewing a videotape of last year’s historic trial on Proposition 8.

Prop 8 witnesses debate scholarship on families

Star witnesses for both sides in the recent Proposition 8 trial agreed on one thing: Children of same-sex parents benefit from having two parents who are happily married to each other.

Final Yes on 8 expert concedes ‘no scientific evidence’ of harm

In the waning hours of the historic trial challenging the constitutionality of a state ban on same-sex marriage, the federal courtroom in San Francisco felt a little like a boxing arena.

Mid-day report: Day 11 Prop 8 trial

Except for one very brief outburst in the courtroom by a man who has been ranting on the streets of downtown San Francisco, the predominance of drama in the Proposition 8 trial Tuesday morning has been coming from the intense

Yes on 8 expert contends gays wield coalition power

Defenders of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that amended California’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage, began their effort Monday to defend the measure in a U.S. federal district court.

Boies grills Prop 8 supporter over attacks against gays

William Tam is what lawyers call an “adverse” witness. The head of a small coalition of Asian Americans in the San Francisco area who are opposed to same-sex marriage, Tam made a name for himself by propagating some of the

Mid-day report: Day 8 Prop 8 trial

Defenders of Prop 8 are continuing to draw out the trial with prolonged cross-examinations of the plaintiffs’ expert witnesses. One attorney acknowledged in court that the legal team’s case is “primarily” based on cross-examination and that defense plans to

Prop 8 trial: weak allies and powerful enemies

President Obama’s name keeps coming up a lot during the trial challenging the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban.

Prop 8 – Day 5: The defense stalls and pleads fear factor

It’s not often one hears these words in a federal courtroom: “Dyke. You fucking dyke. You’re going to die and go to hell.”