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June 2010 Cover
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Magazine Features in this issue:
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Switzerland's Capital Cool
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Prop 8 trial set to resume in mid-June
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Gays speak out against Arizona
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A league of their own?
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Not just a riot
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Northern Latitudes
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An about-face over Don't Ask¸ Don't Tell?
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Prop 8 trial set to resume in mid-June

By Rex Wockner

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The trial in the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8 is likely to finally wrap up in US District Court in San Francisco on June 16, when Judge Vaughn Walker has tentatively scheduled closing arguments.
The trial has been paused since testimony concluded on January 27 because Walker said he wanted to study the record before hearing the attorneys' final statements.
The hiatus dragged on longer than expected because of skirmishes between the anti-same-sex-marriage side and the gay groups that ran the campaign against Prop 8, who are not parties to the case.
The same-sex-marriage opponents demanded that Equality California (EQCA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) produce various documents and emails from the campaign period. EQCA and the ACLU fought the demand at length before relenting on April 27.
Lawyers for the two groups said they turned over 4,500 documents and "thousands of emails" that seemed to fall within the purview of an order Walker had issued.
The opponents also are attempting to strike from the trial record some of the testimony of one of their defendant-intervenors, Hak-Shing William Tam.
Appearing on the witness stand Jan 21, Tam said: "I believe that if the term "marriage" can be used beyond one man and one woman, then any two persons of any age or of any relationship can use the same argument and come and ask for the term "marriage." That would lead to incest. That would lead to polygamy."
The gay side is represented by famous lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, who attempted to prove that Prop 8 violates the US Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law.
Passed by voters in November 2008, Prop 8 amended the California Constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage just a few months after the state Supreme Court legalized it.


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