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Prop 8 Trial: Day 6 Preview & Day 5 Recap

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The holiday weekend over and the Federal trial against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, is back in its second week. The plaintiffs are still calling in witness experts and here's who is expected today and tomorrow, in order of appearance:

  • Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community. City Attorney Dennis Herrera will conduct the direct examination of Mayor Sanders.
  • M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will testify about the private harms caused by Prop. 8 and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples.
  • Ryan Kendall, a gay man who will testify about the “conversation therapy” he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination.

As for last Friday, here's what happened, per statements from the legal team:

  • Witnesses on Friday included Dr. Michael Lamb, a Professor and Head of the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge University told the court, “We have a substantial body of evidence documenting that a child being raised by same-sex parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.” Dr. Lamb also testified (referring to children of gay and lesbian parents) that: “For a significant number of these children, their adjustment would be promoted were their parents able to get married.”
  • He was followed by Helen Zia, the last witness of the week. She is an Asian American author and a lesbian. She testified about her experiences with discrimination, the effects of being denied the right to marry and the importance of being able to be married in 2008. "My mother, an immigrant from China, she really doesn’t get what ’partner’ is," Zia said. "Marriage made it very clear that I was family, that we were family, and I was where I belonged."

You can follow all of LAist's coverage of the federal trial over Prop 8 by following our Prop8FedTrial1 tag.