Queer Town: Closing Arguments Finally Scheduled for Prop. 8 Trial


On Wednesday, in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker finally scheduled closing arguments for the Proposition 8 federal trial, which are tentatively set for June 16.

Proposition 8 protester in Westwood in November, 2008.
Proposition 8 protester in Westwood in November, 2008.
Patrick Range McDonald

Paul Hogarth, who blogged live from Walker's courtroom yesterday for Courage Campaign's Prop. 8 Trial Tracker, first reported the news.

In a press release, Yusef Robb, a spokesman for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which spearheaded the federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn California's same sex marriage ban, writes that attorney Ted Olson will deliver the closing argument for the plaintiffs.

Robb also states that lawyers and the court still need to "hash out their schedules," which suggests that the June 16 date could be changed at some point.

A lot of people are hoping that won't happen.

Already, the trial has dealt with delays since the case went to Walker in late January -- many court watchers believed closing arguments were going to take place sometime in March.

But if the June 16 date remains unchanged, closing arguments will happen in the middle of Gay Pride month, when millions of gays and lesbians and their friends and families attend various gay pride marches in big cities and small towns across the United States.

In Los Angeles, between June 11 and 13, the gay community will celebrate the 40th anniversary of L.A.'s first gay pride march.

In New York City and San Francisco, gay pride marches will take place on June 27.

The Proposition 8 trial, which has attracted nationwide attention, will undoubtedly be a hot topic during those celebrations.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.


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