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From a story on the overturning of Prop 8:
Backers of Proposition 8 contended that the legal burden was on the challengers to prove there was no rational justification for voting for the measure. They cited as rational a view that children fare best with both a father and a mother.

But defense witnesses conceded in cross-examination that studies show children reared from birth by same-sex couples fared as well as those born to opposite-sex parents and that marriage would benefit the families of gays and lesbians.

Date: 2010-08-05 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That set of statements is Ann Coulter-level crazy - "we believe children fare better when it's a man and a woman...........................but if you must know the truth, we never found any evidence of that."


I just hope sanity keeps prevailing and the appeals are dismissed.

Date: 2010-08-05 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think our best hope at this point is that Justice Kennedy wants to be on the right side of history, although he may try to contort himself into a ruling that upholds the ruling on Prop 8 but doesn't overturn state constitutional amendments or the federal DOMA law.

Date: 2010-08-05 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad to know that evidence prevails in the face of popular assumptions. Unfortunately, an evidence-based approach to reality isn't permissible for Canadian government officials (as you can see from this and this).



Date: 2010-08-05 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
An evidence-based approach doesn't usually carry the day in the U.S., either (and once this case hits the Supremes it may still not). Witness continued government funding of abstinence education, for example.


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