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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prop 8 overturn arguments close: But do we rest our case?

This just came in via email:

Oral arguments on our challenge to Prop 8 just ended and I wanted to share with you some quick thoughts.

First, on behalf of all of you, our members, your brilliant team of lawyers, including lead counsel Shannon Minter, along with Raymond Marshall, Michael Maroko and Therese Stewart, did an incredible job arguing that if the initiative process is used to take a fundamental right away from a persecuted minority, no one in California is safe. I also want to the thank Christopher Krueger and the Attorney General’s office for arguing to overturn Prop 8.

There’s no way to know how the court will rule and they have 90 days to issue an opinion. I don't think they'll wait that long…so expect a decision in April or May.

Keep in mind that regardless of how the court rules we all have to continue working to educate Californians about the importance of the freedom to marry. And that means we need you and everyone in our community to fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks win or lose.

Thank you for your incredible support…keep hope alive. Geoff
So now we wait, but do we rest our case?

I'm not a lawyer, but my first impressions of the lawyers on our side were that they seemed a bit anxious. Who wouldn't be? Anyone watching/listening to the arguments and questioning that could comment on how they thought they went? Since the failure of No on 8 and the election, many have had negative things to say of the management of the campaign and Equality California's coalition. What is the general impression of how the legal team has handled our day in court?

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