Closing arguments in the Prop 8 federal trial set for June 16

Judge Walker issues orders setting schedule, enumerating specific questions
Order providing guidance re: closing arguments (June 8, 2010)
Order providing guidance re: closing arguments (June 8, 2010)
Order scheduling closing arguments (June 8, 2010)
Order scheduling closing arguments (June 8, 2010)

SAN FRANCISCO (June 8, 2010) — U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ordered the schedule for closing arguments in the federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative measure that eliminated marriage rights for same-sex partners in California. The court set the schedule for closing arguments on Wednesday, June 16, as follows:

* 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Plaintiffs
* 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM — City and County of San Francisco
* 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM — Governor, AG, county defendants
* 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Lunch
* 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM — Proponents
* 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM — Plaintiffs’ rebutta

Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese M. Stewart will argue for the City and County of San Francisco.

The court additionally filed an order enumerating specific questions that parties should address in their closing arguments. Both orders are available as PDFs below.

The case is Perry v. Schwarzenegger, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. C 09-2292 VRW. Additional information on the case, and a complete set of pleadings and transcripts, is available online from the American Foundation for Equal Rights [external link].

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