Jenny Pizer: 'There is cause for optimism' in the federal Prop 8 trial
(Editor's Note: Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and National Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal, is joining LGBT POV and will also contribute legal expertise to Frontiers In LA Magazine on the federal Prop 8 trial, Jenny has served as an adjunct professor of law at USC School of Law, Loyola Law School and Whittier College of Law. She was co-counsel for plaintiffs in the California marriage equality litigation and the state court challenge to Proposition 8. - Karen Ocamb)
There is cause for optimism in the federal Prop 8 trial
By Jenny Pizer
At 8:30 Monday morning, the curtain will rise on one of the compelling legal dramas of our time. At the helm of Perry v. Schwarzenegger will be former Bush v. Gore courtroom adversaries, Ted Olson and David Boies, standing together against Proposition 8 and the petitioners and strategists who pushed that measure on California voters.
Perry was brought on behalf of two same-sex couples who have the burden of proof in the case. But it's fair to say that it's really Prop 8 and the goals of the initiative's proponents that will be on trial. And a core question is whether the initiative advances any valid public purposes-at all-adequate to justify having changed "equal protection" in California into "equal-if-we-like-you protection."
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