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The Federal Prop 8 Trial: Day 3 Recap & Day 4 Preview

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It's the fourth day of the federal Prop 8 trial and more experts brought in by the plaintiffs (two gay couples) will go on the stand. Here's a quick recap of yesterday, thanks to the Courage Campaign's live blog:

  • George Chauncey, PhD, a professor at Yale University and expert on the history of discrimination against gays, continued his testimony from Tuesday afternoon. The most explosive portion came during the redirect examination by plaintiff-intervener San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart brought in a videotaped deposition of Prop 8 proponent William Tam from December 1st, 2009. The defense strenuously opposed it's introduction, but Judge Vaughn Walker let it in because Tam was an official proponent of the measure. In part, Tam said that after legalizing gay marriage, next steps would be legalizing prostitution, then sex with children. More details about this can be found on an earlier LAist post.
  • Another interesting piece of evidence brought in by Stewart were texts from the Vatican. “Allowing children being adopted by gay couples would do violence to these children. Their condition of dependency would stunt their full human development,” it read.