mudcub (mudcub) wrote,

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World Wedding Federation Rassling!

I loved the first few moments of the Prop 8 hearing, where judge smacked down anti-gay attorney Robert Tyler. Tyler wanted to launch a soliloquy of rhetoric about the "justice" to discriminate against gay people, and Judge Michael Hawkins wasn't having any of it!

TYLER: "May it please the court, my name is Robert Tyler. The plaintiffs think that justice is served where appellate review is frustrated in this case. Where the state defendants circumvent any defense to state law that they are politically opposed to..."

JUDGE RANDY SMITH (interrupting): "Well I don't think they are talking about justice. They are talking about procedural rules. So."

TYLER: "Yes, your honor."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "Why don't you start by telling us where Dolores Provincio is."

TYLER: "A, a, a, I'm sorry, your honor. Could you repeat that?"

JUDGE HAWKINS (speaking slower, as to an idiot): "Could... you... tell... us... where... Dolores... Provincio... is. You know who she is?"

TYLER: "Yes, your honor. Ah..."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "She is THE clerk."

TYLER: "Yes, your honor, she is... a... not our client, I cannot speak on her behalf. Um, the fact is... is that the deputy clerk, Miss Vargas, is a commissioned... ah... officer, she is the ah, under the California family code and government code, she is a civil commissioner of marriage. She has all the same responsibilities. In the county of Imperial, there are two persons..."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "Is there anything in the record to suggest that she's acting with THE clerk's authority."

TYLER: "Um... ah...

JUDGE HAWKINS: "The answer is NO, isn't it?"

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