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Prop 8 Trial: Day 7 Recap & Day 8 Preview

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Here we are on day 8 of the federal court case challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Lots has happened outside the case--Cindy McCain siding with the plaintiffs, Prop 8 experts dropping, all which we'll get to soon--but here is a wrap up of yesterday and what's happening today, per the plaintiff's legal team:

  • Ryan Kendall, a gay man who was forced into “conversion therapy” as a teenager, took the stand yesterday. "[Therapy] was a very emotionally abusive environment,” he said. “I remember my mother saying she hated me, that I was repulsive. She said she wished she'd had an abortion …I was incredibly suicidal and depressed. I hated my entire life.” After therapy, "I was just as gay as when I started. I knew I was gay, just like I knew I was short and half Hispanic. I never thought those facts would change.”
  • After Kendall, Gary M. Segura, Ph.D, Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, took the stand. He spoke about the relative political power of gays and lesbians as a class of citizens, and their level of political vulnerability.