By Amanda Beck
The Perry v. Schwarzenegger plaintiffs closed their case Monday by playing clips from two video conference rallies funded by Proposition 8 supporters and broadcast over the Internet before the November 2008 election.
The conferences featured attorneys, ministers, and other Proposition 8 supporters discussing same-sex marriage and the import of the pending election. One speaker said that permitting same-sex marriage would open the door to incest, bestiality, and the ability of pedophiles to marry children.
Another compared the potency of the Proposition 8 election to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and said that even people who did not know a married gay couple would be affected by expanding the definition of marriage – just as Americans who did not know one of the terrorists’ victims were still affected by the attacks.
These rallies “were conducted as part of a grass-roots campaign,” plaintiff attorney Christopher Dusseault said. He produced ProtectMarriage.com emails that showed campaign managers Jeff Flint and Frank Schubert had alerted supporters about the conferences.
Dussealt then played recorded clips of the events, which also included these comments:
Chief Judge Vaughn Walker admitted the simulcast recordings to evidence over the objections of defense attorney Nicole Moss. She said that, although ProtectMarriage.com had funded the events, there was no evidence that group leaders knew what would be said or endorsed the language.
Video copies of the broadcasts can be purchased at protectmarriagesimulcast.com.