ctrp325 Prop8 on Trial

Ballot initiatives are not the only battle ground in the struggle for equal rights in the United States. One year after California voters passed a proposition banning gay marriage, a court battle has begun to overturn that ban and prove that gay and lesbian couples should have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples do.

My guest is communications consultant, videoblogger, world citizen Jeffrey Taylor who joins me on the program from San Francisco. In this podcast he helps explain what this trial means, what both sides are doing in court, what could happen depending on the outcome, and all other aspects of the trial. We also get into the difference between fighting a battle for equal rights through the ballot box versus doing it in the courts and in the legislature.

Those wanting more info about the trial can follow NCLR or Jeffrey on twitter

Also his blog The Accidental Activist or the Prop 8 Trial Tracker are good places to read and follow deeper links.

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4 thoughts on “ctrp325 Prop8 on Trial

  • January 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for covering this story. I think explaining the situation with the federal case and the history of anti-gay ballot initiatives in California and elsewhere serves an especially good purpose since your audience is international. It is very interesting to me to hear that Jeffrey has ultimately decided that it is not in the best interest of the same-sex marriage movement in California to push for a ballot initiative repealing Prop 8. His initial support for 2010 caused me no small amount of reflection. My gut reaction to the 2010 push was, “Not again!” The 80 million dollar cost, which you mentioned, of the last ballot fight was one of my chief concerns.

    By the way, I live in San Diego and must say that I’m very appreciative of my mayor, Jerry Sanders, who testified in the ongoing federal trial on behalf of same-sex marriage. It’s not often I get to say that about a Republican.

  • January 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Thanks B3 and also for the links. See you soon, nearby…

  • January 28, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hi Richard! thanks for commenting. Indeed even I try to carry myself as a very informed and committed to equality person and I felt uninformed about this case. But jeffrey and others have helped alot to fix that. I would love to see or hear Mayor Sanders.. ugh I wish it were all being recorded. I guess maybe we can read the text one day?

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