Today marks the beginning of the closing arguments in the trial brought in San Francisco federal court against California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.
- U.S. District Court judge Vaughn Walker released a list of questions that he would like to see answered by lawyers on both sides of the suit. They're pretty intriguing. This doozey from Walker seems promising to the pro-gay-marriage side: “Why is legislating based on moral disapproval of homosexuality not tantamount to discrimination?… What evidence in the record shows that a belief based in morality cannot also be discriminatory?””
- The Mormon church was fined more than $5,000 for failing to report non-monetary contributions to the campaign to get Prop. 8. passed.
- Prop. 8's backers have put in a last-minute plea to the judge to not merely uphold the ban on same-sex marriage, but to effectively invalidate the 18,000 gay marriages that were created during the short period when same-sex marriage was legal in California.
- A new study of campaigns surrounding same-sex marriage ballot initiatives has found that voters, for all the signs and TV ads, don't change their minds on gay rights during campaign season.