9th Circuit Tosses Catholic Suit Against San Francisco

9th Circuit Court San Francisco

(San Francisco)  A split panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a lawsuit filed by Catholics who oppose the city of San Francisco’s criticism of the Church over Gay Adoption.

An eight judge majority supported prior decisions by lower courts stemming from a 2006 resolution by the San Francisco Supervisors.

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Sonoma County Defends Against Lawsuit

Sonoma_County_ca_sealAn attorney for Sonoma County says workers separated two senior men who lived together for  20 years because of domestic violence.

Greg Spaulding, an attorney representing Sonoma County, said case workers placed 88 year old Harold Scull in a county senior facility because he accused partner Clay Greene of domestic abuse.

But a civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Greene tells a very different story.  According to the suit, Mr. Scull fell one evening at the home they’ve shared for more than 20 years.   Greene called 911, and when Scull was taken to the hospital, county workers refused to allow him to see his longtime partner.

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Testimony Ends In Prop 8 Case

Perry & Stier

Plaintiffs Perry & Stier

(SAN FRANCISCO) The final witness for supporters of Proposition 8 ended the trial phase of the Federal Civil Lawsuit.

David Blankenhorn is the founder of a conservative research group dedicated to publishing documents about preserving traditional families.

During cross examination by Plaintiff’s Attorney David Boies, the session often became contentious.

Blankenhorn was noticeably agitated.  US District Judge Vaughn Walker intervened on a few occasions, and at one point Blankenhorn seemed to snap at Judge Walker.

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Defense Opening Arguments In Prop 8 Federal Trial

(SAN FRANCISCO)  Ten minutes into Defense Attorney Charles Cooper’s opening statement, US District Judge Vaughn Walker asked what the difference between racial restrictions in marriage and sexual orientation.US Dist Court

Cooper responded conceding that prior restrictions based on race were solely based on white supremacy, and clearly wrong.

Cooper described the institution of marriage as primarily for, “Socially approved sexual intercourse that is naturally pro-creative.”

“How does allowing homosexuals to marry prevent heterosexuals from continuing to procreate,” Judge Walker asked.

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Opening Arguments In Proposition 8 Trial

US Dist Court(SAN FRANCISCO)  The opening statement of by Plaintiff’s Attorney Theodore Olson ran into a flurry of questions by Chief District Judge Vaughn Walker.

Traditionally, opening remarks tend to drone on as attorneys read from prepared statements.  But as Olson was making a point, Walker jumped in.

“In the words of the highest court in the land, marriage is the highest right in the land,” Olson said,

“But, is the right to be married the same as the state granting a license,” Walker asked.

Olson struggled and responded simply, “Yes.”

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