American Foundation for Equal Rights

LA Times: Prejudice helped pass Prop. 8, professor testifies

A political scientist hired by defenders of Proposition 8 admitted under cross-examination today that prejudice played a role in the passage of the 2008 anti-same-sex-marriage initiative.

“At least some people voted for Proposition 8 on the basis of anti-gay stereotypes,” Claremont McKenna College professor Kenneth Miller testified during the third week of a federal trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

David Boies, who cross-examined Miller, read aloud written statements Miller made that said minorities were vulnerable to ballot initiatives, and federal courts needed to step in and protect them. One of the statements was from a paper Miller wrote in 2005.

Read the rest of Maura Dolan’s LA Times article here.