January 11, 2010

Trial challenging same-sex marriage ban begins today

Posted: 02:56 PM ET

Note: Tomorrow night - Larry King Live will have an EXCLUSIVE interview with the attorneys challenging Proposition 8: Theodore Olson and David Boies. We'll also talk to Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winning screenwriter of the 2008 film, "Milk."

By Mallory Simon and Dan Simon

San Francisco, California (CNN) - They've been committed to each other for eight years and have four sons together, but there's a component missing in one Berkeley, California, couple's life that's out of reach for them: getting married.

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier's partnership is one that has taken center stage because of the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage in California.

On Monday, the spotlight will be even brighter, when a trial challenging California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, begins in U. S. District Court in San Francisco. Demonstrators are expected to be out in force.

Plans had been made to have a camera in the courtroom, and the proceedings distrubuted on YouTube, but the ballot initiative's sponsors prevailed in their 11th-hour bid to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to restrict distribution of video of the trial - at least temporarily.

The justices wrote in their terse order that they need until at least Wednesday afternoon to consider the camera issue.

Perry and Stier, along with Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami, of Los Angeles, are the two couples at the heart of the case, arguing that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. They are asking Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker to issue an injunction against Proposition 8's enforcement.

The case will likely head to the U.S. Supreme Court no matter what the outcome. It is expected to set legal precedents that will shape society for years to come and result in a landmark court decision that settles whether Americans can marry people of the same sex.


Filed under: Larry King Live • Politics • Polls • Same-Sex Marriage

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Massimo I.   January 12th, 2010 3:32 am ET

It is just shameful to me that we continue to ignore a non-violent request from a (not so) small group of American Citizens. Citizens that only ask for the right to publicly declare a loving bond with their other half are being denied. All with the weak argument of defending a religious understanding of the word marriage, though more truthfully a clever cover for a flat out disgust for a culture that is not there own. A Culture not seeking ceremonies in (your) Churches or Synagogues, but in OUR Courts, in order to taste a sense of normalcy denied for far too long. This is a battle to keep some American’s from the most human right, the right to love.

janette tx   January 12th, 2010 6:29 am ET

I believe that back there in the garden of Eden God created
Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve.SS marriage is out
of order and doesn't lineup with God's plan for procreation.

Cali MJ Fan   January 12th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

I think it is ridiculous that the Supreme Court allowed the injunction to ban cameras, even temporarily! What do the Prop 8 supportors have to hide from the general public?

Let it be televised!

Dodie   January 12th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

What is the problem here? Give these people what they want and certainly deserve. It has no impact on our lives. Why must we stick our nose into everyone’s business? Whatever happened to the philosophy of: “Live and let live”?

If the religious Christian (bible thumpers) continue to legislate like prop 8; then were are no different than IRAN!!!

Ted   January 12th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

The Roman Empire has collapsed, because its moral values went to nothing. Every rich man had a little boy to fall back on in case the old lady did not feel like to or had a headache!

Marriage should be reserved for a man and woman who will pro-create. Same sex partners should be able to sign a contract that will give them the same rights and obligations as the marriage gives to norman couples, but is should not be called a marriage. Pick a name, anything, but marriage!
All in my adult life I worked with, or had neighbors who were homosexuals and I have no reservations against them. However there is a limit where this train must stop.

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