This will be brief because I’m on my lunch break, but today in California they are deciding whether Judge Walker’s decision on Prop 8 should be thrown out because he’s gay and therefore can’t be a judge on gay rights as well as determining whether the tapes of the trial should be locked up from view or allowed to be released.
The gay rights crowd is arguing that of course you don’t throw out a decision because a judge has human traits — wouldn’t a straight man be biased for straight people? It would never end. They are also arguing that there is no possible harm in releasing the tapes and keeping them under lock and key is absurd and retarded. They probably won’t say it precisely like that.
The anti-gays crowd, who KNEW THAT WALKER WAS GAY BEFORE THE TRIAL AND NEVER ASKED HIM TO RECUSE HIMSELF, are arguing that the gays can’t make legal decisions if they’re in a relationship and releasing the tapes would make
their side look like complete idiots the proponent’s witnesses uncomfortable.
I’ll write a shorthand version of whatever happens today later this evening.
Oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, aka the Prop 8 trial, will be held before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today at 1 pm EST, 10 am, PST.
Set C-SPAN to stun and get ready for an all out brawl, 9th court style.
“Towleroad hosts a live chat and special coverage during and immediately following the hearing. Featuring Richard Socarides, Attorney and White House adviser under President Bill Clinton and bloggers Andy Towle and Corey Johnson.”
Or watch it live, online: https://www.calchannel.com/channel/live/4
And hopefully I’ll post my reax sometime today, though who knows when for sure…