Prop 8 Opponents Confident They Made Their Case

As Prop 8 trial heads to a close, plaintiffs are feeling confident

By Jackson West
|  Sunday, Jun 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:18 AM PDT
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Former U.S. Solicitor General States Theodore Olson (R), a conservative, teams up with liberal attorney David Boies (L) to challenge California's Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

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Come Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will hear the closing arguments in the case against California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure which enshrined marriage discrimination in the state's constitution.

We will live stream video from a camera outside the courthouse throughout the day Wednesday,  Bookmark this link.

The plaintiffs, who are arguing that the measure is unconstitutional on a number of grounds, gave a telephone press conference and released a summary of the trial from their perspective on Friday.

David Boies, who, along with Ted Olson, serves as a lead attorney on the case, argued that "The trial demonstrated there simply wasn't any dispute as to the fundamental issues."

Even the defense's star witness, David Blankenhorn, agreed that marriage equality would probably be better for society:

Blankenhorn admitted that “Adopting same-sex marriage would be likely to improve the well-being of gay and lesbian households and their children,” and would be “a victory for the worthy ideas of tolerance and inclusion” and “a victory for, and another key expansion of, the American idea.”

Unfortunately, the public won't have a chance to view the closing arguments, as Walker turned down a media request to televise the proceedings next week.

And a ruling by Walker, expected to come a couple of weeks after the closing arguments, isn't necessarily final -- however he rules, both sides have promised to appeal.

Jackson West figured the case for marriage equality was a no-brainer from the get-go, but then what does he know.

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