Prop. 8 trial exposing ugly lies and homophobia of anti-gay side

Last week, Tim did a post on how Hak-Shing William Tam wanted to remove himself as a defendant-intervenor in the Prop. 8 trial. No wonder. His writings about gay people reinforce our side’s arguments in the case. Yesterday, Tam’s deposition was introduced into evidence. It’s ugly and shows the intense hatred Tam and his colleagues had toward the LGBT community. And, Tam went for the worst lies he could conjure up. Via Lisa Leff who has been providing really excellent coverage of the trial:

Seeking to strengthen arguments against a ban on same-sex marriage, trial attorneys have introduced statements from a supporter of California’s ban warning voters in 2008 that gay rights activists would try to legalize sex with children if same-sex couples had the right to wed.

The material was presented Wednesday in the third day of a trial brought by opponents of the state’s same-sex marriage prohibition.

San Francisco resident Hak-Shing William Tam, a defendant in the case, discussed a letter to Chinese-Americans church groups during a legal deposition taped last month.

Tam wrote in the letter issued during the 2008 campaign that legalizing same-sex marriage was part of a broader gay agenda.

“On their agenda list is: legalize having sex with children,” states the letter, which also cautioned that “other states would fall into Satan’s hands” if gays weren’t stopped from marrying in California.

Lawyers for two same-sex couples introduced the footage to buttress their contention that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because it was fueled by deep-seated animosity against gays.

It doesn’t get more deep-seated then what Tam spewed. We’re going to see more of as the trial proceeds. No wonder the other side didn’t want the trial televised.


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