American Foundation for Equal Rights

NY Times: Same-Sex Marriage Case, Day 10: Domino Effect

The trial began on Monday morning with lawyers seeking to overturn Proposition 8 submitting the remainder of their evidence, like an array of e-mail communications, videos from pro-Proposition 8 campaign activities and academic papers.

The video presentations included footage from “simulcasts” to church groups, in which pastors say that gay marriage would lead to the legalization of polygamy, marriage with children and bestiality.

“If Proposition 8 doesn’t pass we will see a domino effect and the social re-engineering of marriage will have a profound implication for every one of our lives,” said a man in the footage, in what appeared to be a live interview. He compared the potential failure of Prop 8 to the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks in New York, saying, “After 9/11 the world was a fundamentally different place.”

A woman added: “If sexual attraction was the basis for the definition of marriage then pedophiles would have to be allowed to marry 6-, 7-, 8-year olds. Then a man could marry a horse. Mothers and sons. Sisters and brothers.”

Read the rest of Garry Shih’s New York Times article here.