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The upcoming battle

October 26, 2009

The New York Times has a nice piece on the upcoming marriage battle in the courts over Prop 8. Among the many they spoke with is Kenji Yoshino, a Yale law professor I wrote about a while back and for whom I have tremendous respect.

Some highlights:

The suit was, gay rights advocates said then, the wrong claim in the wrong court in the wrong state at the wrong time…

Those objections are waning. The ship has sailed, said Kenji Yoshino, a law professor atNew York University, and gay rights advocates “need to focus on getting it to the right destination.” He added that Judge Walker’s refusal to dismiss the case “was a major victory for Olson and Boies.” …

Judge Walker has scheduled a trial in the case for January. He wants to hear about the history and purpose of marriage and the consequences of allowing same-sex couples to marry. And he has hinted that he may allow the proceedings to be televised.

“We should buckle our seatbelts,” Professor Yoshino said. “A comprehensive vetting of the empirical issues by a judicial tribunal is welcome and long overdue. Walker’s trial bids fair to be a trial in an almost scientific sense of the word.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Fat Sparrow permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:01 am

    You should know that the biggest contributor to the campaign to overturn Maine’s equality law is located right here in Princeton.
    National Organization for Marriage, 20 Nassau Street. Brian Brown (Somerset) is executive director.
    The Packet should do a story on them. The Maine State ethics Commission is investigating NOM for refusing to identify its contributors. What do you think they are hiding?

    • October 28, 2009 10:25 am

      Ah, the National Organization “for” Marriage. I’m afraid I’m well aware of their office’s proximity to my own, and while I personally don’t write for the Packet, I do know that paper has covered them at least once before.

      In addition to NOM’s national work, I’ve heard it’s also behind a recent push for an “abstinence center” at Princeton University in line with those for actual minorities. (I’ve also been told the university appropriately told them, “No way.”) That organization is just so appalling I don’t know where to begin.

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