Testimony concluded Wednesday in the first stage of the federal trial over the fate of Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, as lawyers on both sides continued to argue their case to the news media.david boies and ted olsen spent two weeks presenting a case that dug deep into the history of discrimination against homosexuals and demonstrated the potential benefits of allowing same-sex marriage. the defense spent two and a half days presenting only two witnesses.
A quick decision is not expected in the case, the first of its kind to reach federal court. Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who heard the case without a jury, said he would study the evidence and other briefs offered to the court before hearing final arguments, possibly in March. And even after his decision, both sides expect the case to be appealed, most likely until it reaches the United States Supreme Court.
the trial transcript, available in full here, reads like part film script, part history lesson. video of boies and company comments on the trial thus far here.
closing arguments are set for sometime in march or april.