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The Federal Prop 8 Trial: Day 2 Recap & Day 3 Preview

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The third day of proceedings in the federal Prop 8 trial is already in session. Here's a quick recap of yesterday based on the Courage Campaign's live blog:

  • Nancy Cott, PhD, the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, on the history of marriage continued her testimony on marriage in America. A key point of hers was that marriage became a gender neutral institution once women rights and their place in society became more prominent. Men were no longer had to be the breadmakers.
  • Then George Chauncey, PhD, a professor at Yale University, took the stand to discuss the history of discrimination against gays in the United States. He dived into laws that stopped restaurants and bars from serving them to job discrimination. A lot of what Chauncey said is quite revealing and something your basic history class probably skipped over. The live blog, albeit long, is worth a read for a lesson in American history that's not so much talked about.

Today, the cross-examination of Chauncey will continue. Then, in no particular order, the following experts will be called up:

  • Dr. Edmund Egan, Chief Economist for the City and County of San Francisco, on the nature and magnitude of costs incurred by the City and County as a result of the denial of marriage to gays and lesbians
  • Dr. Ilan H. Meyer, Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, to testify about the stigma and prejudice gay and lesbians individuals face in society
  • Dr. Letitia Anne Peplau, Professor of Psychology at UCLA, to testify about the beneficial effects marriage can provide to a person’s health and well-being as well as the social and personal importance that is attached to marriage