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One week from today, we'll be back in district court.
On Monday, June 13, our attorneys will be addressing an abhorrent motion by anti-marriage forces to throw out the historic decision that ruled California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
The Prop. 8 defense claims that they didn't get a fair trial because the judge was gay and in a long-term relationship—an assertion that has been resoundingly condemned as "absurd," "slimy," and "deeply offensive" by legal scholars, former judges and news media nationwide.
Their motion is a tactic designed to hide the truth. They presented no credible reason during trial to justify discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. They know their case is weak, so they are doing whatever they can to keep Prop. 8 on the books and to keep the public from seeing their poor performance during trial.
That is why they are also trying to keep the video recording of the trial under lock and key, hidden from public view.
Over 16,000 people have signed our open letter calling for the release of the Prop. 8 tapes.
The American public has a right to see what happened during trial. This is a case that involves the civil rights of millions of Americans and provides valuable insight not only into legal proceedings, but also into the overwhelming evidence for allowing all loving couples the right to marry.
Both motions by our opposition—to throw out the decision and to seal the Prop. 8 tapes—are distractions from the real issue: there is no logical reason to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying. No one should be treated as a second-class citizen.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights will continue to combat every legal maneuver that the other side conjures up, and we will remain steadfast in our mission to achieve equal rights for every American.
Adam UmhoeferSenior Project Director American Foundation for Equal Rights
P.S. We’ll be providing live updates from the courtroom on June 13. Find out more >