Agreed on all points Patrick!
I don't understand why Shannon Minter was unable to specifically provide examples, when asked, of how domestic partnerships are not the same as marriages. The court practically begged Minter to provide examples and he redirected the conversation.
The court practically handed AG Brown's rep his own argument and he was not competent enough to go on with it.
The other two attorneys were good, but again, not one attorney on our side provided any specifics as to why separate isn't equal. They did not bring up, with any conviction, the rights that were being taken away by Prop 8. I believe it was a lack of preparation, either because they feel it's in the bag or there isn't any chance.
I was so disappointed by the testimony. Very similar feeling to how I felt about the No on Prop 8 campaign starting about a month before elections. Why are we doing it this way? Why are we saying this? Why aren't we doing and saying these things??
Even after the hearing, I think it might be a crapshoot. I don't think the hearing will be what the decision is based upon. It was more show than anything. The justices have stacks and stacks of paperwork, written testimony, amicus briefs, etc. to sift through. But, with one or two justices up for reelection soon, and a threat of recall by the yes on 8 people, it will be a longshot for them to overturn Prop 8. Even if we can see the logic in that decision, and no logic in the other.
"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."
Coretta Scott King