Federal same-sex marriage case to begin soon

A federal case is set to start in the coming days. At issue is the federal constitutionality of California’s Prop 8 bill that passed, damaging the lives of thousands of Californians and ignoring the rights of every last one of them. I’m sure it will be some time until this reaches the Supreme Court (where Scalia will not consider any legal issue), but it will certainly get there.

Interestingly, one of the opponents of equal rights has asked to be dropped from the lawsuit. Since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown correctly refused to mount a defense for California, others had to step in. One was Hak-Shing William Tam, an official bigot and proponent of Prop 8.

On Friday, Tam told the court that he was harassed and his property vandalized during the campaign, and feared similar retribution if he continued to represent gay marriage foes’ interest in the lawsuit and trial, which is scheduled to start Monday in San Francisco.

“In the past I have received threats on my life, had my property vandalized and am recognized on the streets due to my association with Proposition 8,” Tam said in a court filing. “Now that the subject lawsuit is going to trial, I fear I will get more publicity, be more recognizable and that the risk of harm to me and my family will increase.”

While the guy is a scumbag, he doesn’t deserve that. Dare I say, the actions toward him represent, gasp!, bigotry! No one has to accept Tam’s beliefs, but tolerance is required.

2 Responses

  1. Wait a minute. . .

    Tam petitioned the court back in May of 2009 to be included as a defendant – he was not forced by the court. And secondly, the so-called harassment of Tam took place in 2008 during the Prop 8 campaign. He has not been “harassed” since the beginning of this federal lawsuit.

    Tam’s request to be withdrawn has been orchestrated by the Pro-Prop 8 people to portray themselves as innocent victims. Their goal is to have the Supreme Court block the use of video cameras in the courtroom – they don’t want the world to see their fear-based and irrationals arguments ripped to shreds in open court where speculation and fear mongering will not be allowed.

    Cowards. . .

  2. The real question is why, having never videotaped a proceeding before, is the 9th District allowing cameras in the court this time? It certainly won’t do anything to advance the law, and threatens to turn it into a media circus.

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