You’ll want to stick right here on the Blend for coverage of the federal Prop 8 trial because we have great resources for you that you won’t find anywhere else.

BLEND EXCLUSIVE: Trial analysis by NCLR’s Shannon Minter

But the big news is that we have just secured a nice exclusive for you — daily analysis of the trial from someone eminently qualified to do so — and is at the trial — Shannon Minter,  Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Daily wrap-ups will go up in the hours after court end of day.

Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny.

Shannon was also NCLR’s lead attorney on Sharon Smith’s groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country.

In 2009, Shannon was named California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer.

BLEND EXCLUSIVE: Live Chat trial recap and discussion with NCLR

And we have another exclusive for you — at the end of the week Blenders will have the opportunity to ask questions about the trial’s first week in a CoverItLive chat with Shannon Minter or Kate Kendell, the Executive Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (depending on who’s available as we work out scheduling).

Growing up Mormon in Utah, Kate learned about the complexities of religion and politics from an early age. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988 and a few years practicing corporate law, she pursued her real love-civil rights advocacy-and became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. There she directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners’ rights, free speech, the rights of LGBT people, and the intersection of church and state. In 1994 she joined NCLR as legal director, and was named executive director two years later.


Live Trial Twitter Feeds

If you look on our sidebar, journalist Joe Mirabella will be Tweeting to give you information on what’s going on inside the courtroom via live feed; and we are also featuring the Tweets from the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

If Twitter’s widget blocks up (probably from traffic), you can open another window and follow both without the widget at:

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