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Ninth Circuit upholds California ban on “ex-gay” therapy for minors
In a unanimous ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California’s law that prohibits licensed medical professionals from performing “ex-gay” therapy on minors. The law will now go into effect.
Prop. 8 Trial Conclusion: The Case for Marriage Equality
AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer discusses the importance of the Prop. 8 trial to mark three years after its conclusion.
Trial Day 12: Prop. 8 is Un-American
The 2012 Prop. 8 trial came to a close on day 12 with a telling admission from the Prop. 8 Proponent's key witness.
Trial Day 11: Prop. 8 Proponents’ Witness Testimony Continues
When the Prop. 8 Proponents called to the stand David Blankenhorn to testify about marriage and the family, he revealed a telling admission.
Trial Day 10: Prop. 8 Proponents’ Witness Testimony
The proponents of Proposition 8 called to the stand Kenneth Miller, a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College, as an expert in American and California politics.
Trial Day 9: Medical Expertise
UC Davis professor Gregory Herek testifies about sexual orientation and social stigma.
Trial Day 6: The Benefits of Marriage
Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders testifies about his journey to support marriage equality and UMASS Amherst economics professor M.V. Lee Badgett testifies about economic and demographic issues related marriage equality.
Trial Day 5: The Meaning of Marriage
Acclaimed writer and daughter of Chinese immigrants, Helen Zia shares her experiences with discrimination adn Dr. Michael Lamb testifies that the children of gay and lesbian parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted as those raised by heterosexual ones.
Trial Day 4: The Harm of Prop. 8
Dr. Edmund Egan testifies about the effect of Prop. 8 on local economies, and social epidemiologist Ilan Meyer testifies about the harm gays and lesbians have experienced because of Proposition 8.
Trial Day 3: The Importance of Marriage
UCLA Professor Letitia Anne Peplau testified about benefits of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.