Closing arguments in Perry set for June 16

by on April 28, 2010  •  In Marriage

At a hearing this morning, Judge Walker tentatively scheduled the long-delayed closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger for June 16. After hearing testimony for two weeks in January, Walker had delayed final arguments until he had time to review the evidence.

From AP:

But the break dragged on while civil rights groups that opposed the voter-approved measure fought turning over internal documents from the 2008 campaign to Proposition 8's sponsors. The groups, Equality California and the American Civil Liberties Union, finally agreed yesterday to supply the disputed documents.

Yusef Robb, a spokesman for the gay rights group that spearheaded the case, says there may be one final hurdle to the trial's end. Protect Marriage, the coalition of religious and social conservative groups that qualified the ban for the ballot and is now defending the measure in court, has asked Walker to strike some of the e-mails and memos written by Proposition 8 supporters that already were introduced as evidence in the trial.

The materials include some of the trial's most explosive elements, such as writings that claimed gays are more likely to be pedophiles and that allowing them to wed would cause young people to become homosexual. Lawyers for Protect Marriage told the judge in court papers filed last week that allowing the documents to remain in the trial record would violate the First Amendment freedom of association rights of the measure's supporters.

Walker on Wednesday asked to be fully briefed on that issue by May 10. He could set a separate hearing to resolve it before the closing arguments, Robb said.


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