Transcripts

Complete transcripts for the trial of Perry v. Brown:

Day 1:  Opening statements and plaintiffs’ testimony.  Plaintiffs begin examination of American history experts.  “[M]arriage is the most important relation in life, and of fundamental importance for all individuals.” –David Boies, counsel for plaintiffs.

Day 2:  Continued examination of American history experts.  “[L]esbians and gay men have experienced widespread and acute discrimination from both public and private authorities over the course of the 20th century.” –Professor George Chauncey

Day 3:  Continued expert testimony.  “[F]or gay men, there’s no association between sexual exclusivity and the satisfaction of the relationship, because it’s not one of the markers or the yardstick by which gay men are measuring their relationship.”  –Professor Letitia Anne Peplau

Day 4:  Expert testimony on the impact of marriage on health and the economy.  “[A] prohibition of marriages of same-sex couples would have a negative impact on San Francisco, and also negatively affect the city’s revenues and overall budget.”  –Dr. Edmund Egan

Day 5: Expert testimony on children of same-sex couples.  “[C]hildren who are raised by gay and lesbian parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.”  –Dr. Michael Lamb

Day 6: Testimony on hate crimes targeting the LGBT community.  Expert testimony on the differences between domestic partnership and marriage.  “[I]t is unlikely that heterosexual marriages would be discouraged or made unstable if same-sex couples were allowed to marry.” –Professor Lee Badgett

Day 7: Witness testimony on undergoing reversal therapy.  “I — I always wanted to be a good kid and to make my parents proud. And, suddenly, I was in a situation where they were taking me to see this guy who was telling me I was a bad person.” –Mr. Ryan Kendall

Day 8: Testimony on the political power of religious groups and the LGBT community.  Testimony in favor of Prop 8.  “I think it’s very important for the next generation to understand the historical meaning of marriage. It is very important that our children won’t grow up to fantasize or think about, ‘Should I marry Jane or John when I grow up?’”  –Dr. William Tam

Day 9: Expert testimony on psychological studies.  “In a national survey study that I conducted with a nationally representative sample of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults, I found that roughly one in five of people in the sample had experienced some sort of violence based on their sexual orientation in the course of their lifetime.”  –Professor Gregory Herek

Day 10: Expert testimony on LGBT political power and popular democracy.  “I’ve identified over 50 legislative victories for the LGBT community in the California state legislature.”  –Professor Kenneth Miller

Day 11: Testimony on the effects of same-sex marriage.  “[T]here could be the possibility of more public willingness to consider family forms, such as polygamy that involve more than two people.”  –David Blankenhorn

Day 12: Testimony on the definitions of marriage.  “I would say that there are either no or almost no exceptions to this principle that marriage is between a man and a woman.”  –David Blankenhorn

Closing Arguments: “[Y]ou cannot then, in the face of all those decisions by the United States Supreme Court, say to these individuals, ‘We are going to take away the constitutional right to liberty, privacy, association, and sexual intimacy that we tell you that you have, and then we will now use that as a basis for not allowing you the freedom to marry.’ That is not acceptable. It’s not acceptable under our Constitution. And Mr. Blankenhorn is absolutely right. The day that we end that, we will be more American.”  –Theodore B. Olson, counsel for plaintiffs.

Editorial note: The quotations above are drawn from the day’s testimony. They do not summarize the day’s proceedings, and they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Review of Law & Social Change.