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Today At The Prop 8 Trial: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders To Testify

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who in 2007 publicly reversed his position on marriage equality in a tearful press conference, is scheduled to testify today at Perry vs. Schwarzenegger. Today's witness list, per Americans For Equal Rights:
  • Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego's participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community. City Attorney Dennis Herrera will conduct the direct examination of Mayor Sanders.
  • M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will testify about the private harms caused by Prop. 8 and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples
  • Ryan Kendall, a gay man who will testify about the "conversation therapy" he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination
In case you missed it back then, here's Sanders' emotional press conference. The trial resumes in San Francisco at 9am local time. Follow along on the Courage Campaign's live-blog.

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