Monday, January 11, 2010

A guide to watching the Proposition 8 trial from the cheap seats

Today lesbians, gays and bisexuals and the worth of our love went on trial, and no, I'm not kidding. The case in point is Ted Olson and David Boies' federal challenge to California's Proposition 8. Since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked plans to broadcast the proceedings on YouTube, the only way for those of us in the cheap seats to "watch" what's happening is to read about it online or tune into TV news.

So far, the quickest and most complete updates are coming online. There are the usual MSM suspects posting about the trial like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle (and its Twitter feed).

However, the best coverage I've seen so far is from journalist Karen Ocamb on her LGBT POV blog. Bilerico has also set up a live Twitter feed. The hashtag for most of the trial tweeting is #prop8.

Other places to look for informed coverage are The Advocate,, the Keen News Service and the Bay Area Reporter.

By the way, Emily Bazelon of Slate published the best overview I've seen on why this trial matters, and why it's so incredibly scary. The Cliff Notes version: If Olsen and Boies get the case to the Supreme Court and the nation's highest court rules against them, then my friends Laurie and Deb who are legally married in Massachusetts, along with every other married same-sex couple in this country, could be forcibly divorced. Marriage equality could be blocked in every state for decades. The flip side of the nightmare is that a Scotus victory would bring marriage equality to every corner of the United States.

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