During an afternoon of scathing inquiry from prominent plaintiffs' attorney
"I believe if the term marriage can be used beyond one man, one woman, then any two persons of any age, of any relationship, can use that same argument to ask for the term marriage," Tam testified. "That would lead to incest. That would lead to polygamy. If this is a civil right, what would prevent other groups from asking for the same right?"
With the plaintiffs nearing the end of their witnesses, Tam was called to the witness stand as part of the legal challenge to
Plaintiffs' lawyers consider Tam's harsh outlook toward gay marriage important to proving that Proposition 8 was fueled by hostility and animus toward gays and lesbians, providing reason to give them greater protection under the U.S. Constitution.
Proposition 8 supporters insist they oppose gay
marriage to preserve the traditional definition of heterosexual
marriage, not to discriminate against the rights of gays and lesbians.
Proposition 8 lawyer
"I was acting independently," Tam said of statements he made that were not approved by ProtectMarriage.com and Proposition 8's leadership.
Boies, however, portrayed Tam as inextricably linked to the campaign, showing e-mails in which he regularly communicated with ProtectMarriage.com officials and evidence Tam mobilized the Asian community and organized rallies against same-sex marriage.
The plaintiffs are expected to finish their case Friday with the testimony of another expert,
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