SAN FRANCISCO, CA — With the Proposition 8 trial going on hiatus until Judge Walker determines date for closing arguments, Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign Institute, released the following statement:
“This trial is a historic marker in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The Courage Campaign was proud to stand witness to the proceedings providing real-time blogging that attracted more than 1.4 million views and we will continue to track the trial through closing arguments and Judge Walker’s final ruling.
Given the devastating testimony of defense witnesses, it is no wonder that Protect Marriage wanted to keep cameras out of the courtroom. If their witnesses had been revealed to the public, Americans would have seen the Prop 8’s fear-mongering campaign exposed. The past 11 days of trial laid bare the truth about the Prop 8 proponents. The foundation of the Prop 8 campaign strategy was exposed, a strategy intentionally fueled by lies and misinformation about gay men and lesbians.
We saw Prop 8’s own ‘experts’ admit that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ are ‘official discrimination’ against LGBT people.
We saw indisputable evidence that Ron Prentice and Protect Marriage coordinated closely and relied upon the Catholic Church, the Latter Day Saints Church, the Family Research Council, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown and the National Organization for Marriage to get Prop. 8 on the ballot and win through a campaign of lies and fear-mongering.
We heard horrifying video evidence that Prop 8 proponents would compare marriage equality to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and imply that marriage equality will open the door to pedophilia, incest and bestiality.
The results of this trial are crystal clear to us, thanks to the evidence presented and the work of the plaintiffs’ lawyers to bring the truth to light. The Prop 8 proponents are motivated by deep prejudice with a complete disregard for justice or fairness. Our hope is that we will see a decision based on the facts clearly demonstrating the discrimination same-sex couples face and the need and benefit to society of equal treatment under the law.”
Via the Prop 8 Trial Tracker web site, the Courage Campaign Institute has brought the proceedings to the public in real time,, garnering more than 1.4 million views and helping fuel an online community of “Trial Trackers” posting more than 14,000 comments to date. To view the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, go to:
The Courage Campaign Institute is part of the Courage Campaign’s online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. As a leading multi-issue advocacy organization in the progressive movement, the Courage Campaign’s work is made possible by thousands of small-dollar donations from community members.
Rick Jacobs is the founder and chair of the Courage Campaign Institute. He chaired Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in California. He is also the co-founder of Brave New Films and a featured contributor to Arianna Huffington’s Huffingtonpost.com. Rick has an extensive background as an international investor and senior executive.