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Courage Campaign Responds to Scheduling of Prop. 8 Trial's Final Arguments, Latest Efforts to Suppress Evidence PDF Print E-mail
Apr 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a hearing as part of the landmark federal trial over California's Proposition 8, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker scheduled closing arguments for June 16th. The trial in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case began this past January.

Before hearing final arguments in the case, Judge Walker must still rule on an expected motion by the defendants -- a coalition of right wing social groups -- to strike e-mails and campaign memos written by Proposition 8 supporters that were already introduced as evidence in the trial, as well as the testimony of conservative San Francisco Minister Dr. William Tam. Tam, who helped Proposition 8 quality for the ballot, testified that allowing same-sex couples to marry would cause children to become homosexual.

Judge Walker today set a deadline for the defense to file its motions to strike the evidence by May 7th.

In response to today's developments, Rick Jacobs, chair of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign, issued the following statement:

"The scheduling of final arguments is an important step forward in this historic trial, but it is far from an end point in our nation's centuries-long war against bigotry and discrimination. Today's events further underscore the fact that the opponents of equality will stop at nothing to exclude the American public from these proceedings and to suppress evidence that exposes the lies and hollow arguments being used to deprive law-abiding Americans of equal treatment under the law.

Ultimately, the promise of full equality for all Americans will remain unfulfilled until the American people are able to hear all the evidence. And in the coming weeks, the Courage Campaign will be launching an historic new initiative that will do just that."


The Courage Campaign is a multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. Supported by thousands of small donations from our diverse community, the Courage Campaign holds politicians accountable to progressive values, works for fundamental reform to our state's broken government, and trains and organizes activists to change their communities. http://www.couragecampaign.org

Rick Jacobs is the founder and chair of the Courage Campaign. He chaired Howard Dean's presidential campaign in California. He is also the co-founder of Brave New Films and a featured contributor to Arianna Huffington's Huffingtonpost.com. Rick has an extensive background as an international investor and senior executive.

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