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Trial on unconstitutionality of Prop. 8 begins day eight in U.S. District Court

The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 will continue this morning with the continuation of the cross examination of plaintiff expert Dr. Gary Segura, followed by testimony by William Tam, witness for the defendants.

Through their testimony, the plaintiffs’ legal team led by Theodore Olson and David Boies will continue to illustrate the discrimination and negative impact of Prop. 8.

Yesterday, Gary M. Segura, Ph.D, Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University took the stand. Dr. Segura testified about the relative political power of gays and lesbians as a class of citizens, and their level of political vulnerability.

“Initiatives have been used to roll back legislative gains by gays and lesbians over and over,” Segura testified.”There is no group in America….who’ve been targeted by ballot initiatives more than gays and lesbians.”

Segura noted that the gay and lesbian community has lost 33 of the 34 ballot measures across the country dealing with marriage.

“Gays and lesbians do not possess a meaningful degree of political power,” he added.

William Tam

Tam, as an official proponent of Prop. 8 was personally responsible for putting the initiative on the ballot and voluntarily taking over its defense in court by intervening in Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

Last week, video of Tam’s deposition, which was taken on December 1, 2009, was shown in court to illustrate the discriminatory motivations of Prop. 8.

Excerpts:

Question: “And it is your understanding that part of the gay agenda is legalizing underage sex?”

Answer: “Right.” (Page 43 of deposition)

“They lose no time in pushing the gay agenda — after legalizing same-sex marriage, they want to legalize prostitution. What will be next? On their agenda list is: legalize having sex with children.” (Pro-Prop. 8 email by Tam, page 78 of deposition)

“We hope to convince Asian-Americans that gay marriage will encourage more children to experiment with the gay lifestyle and that the lifestyle comes with all kinds of disease.”