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Prop 8: Perry v. Schwarzenegger – Day Seven (Part 4)

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Defendant-Intervenors’ Counsel Thompson continues his cross-examination of Plaintiffs’ Expert Witness Professor Gary Segura.

Thompson moves admission of HRC annual report, DIX 1331
OBJECTION as to statement of fact. (Objections are very hard to hear as attorneys don’t approach the mike)

WALKER: These documents provide a basis for the witnesses testimony, and the document is what it is. Whether I take judicial notice or admit it, it is what it is.

T: Play clip of Obama’s speech

Walker: Oh this is the 20th of January, isn’t it?


Obama talking his fierce advocacy fight in front of the Human Rights Campaign dinner last year. “I’m here with youin this fight. You will see a time when your relationships are recognized.”

[Teddy wonders if this is the kind of time he should look for on his watch or his calendar]

Obama:: “Nobody should be fired from their job because they are gay if they are doing the job they were hired to do.”

Obama: “If my nominees are attacked for who they are, I will not waver in my support.”

Obama: Bunch of ‘working with the Pentagon and the HIll on DADT. I WILL END DADT!”

[Crowd at HRC dinner goes wild]

Thompson: Using your definition of political ally, does Obama count?

Segura: Given my concerns about unreliabibility of allies, he is THE BEST EXAMPLE of an ally who cannot be relied on. Surely we can agree that there is a big difference between giving a nice speech and fighting for real rights.

Thompson: So you think he is not an ally?

Segura: He opposes marriage equality; he continues to dismiss people from the military he heads; when prop 8 sister resolution emerged in the state of MAINE, OFA sent emails asking for calls into New Jersey and Virginia but nothing for Maine, or Washington. With the possible exception of HRC, most gay rights orgs think Obama is a particularly disappointing ally.

T: Signing ceremony in the rose garden for hate crimes?

S: For the defense authorization bill.

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