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Scr Script 3 David G Blank en Horn

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DAVID BLANKENHORN: POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Testimony as given in U.S. District Court on January 27, 2010
Speaking:
DAVID G. BLANKENHORN
DAVID BOIES
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Hear ye, hear ye! The following is a re-enactment of Perry v.
Schwarzenegger, the Prop 8 trial heard in U.S. District Court. David
Blankenhorn, founder and president, of the Institute for American Values,
is the defense\u2019s expert witness on the political power of gays and
lesbians. In this scene, he is under cross-examination by the plaintiffs\u2019
lawyer David Boies. The plaintiffs in this case are two loving same-sex
couples who simply want to marry, just as any heterosexual couple in
America has the right to do.

Court is now in session!

DAVID BOIES, PLAINTIFFS\u2019 ATTORNEY:
So, Mr. Blankenhorn, could you just go down this list of possible positive
consequences and tell me which, if any, you personally agree with?

And just tell me by number, because these are all numbered, and I think it
will go faster if you simply tell me which of the numbers here, if any,
you personally agree with.

David Blankenhorn, proponents expert on the institution of marriage:
You want me to read each one silently to myself and then tell you "One,
yes." Is that what you want me to do?

BOIES:
What I -- read it silently to yourself and then just tell me which of
these you agree with. Give me the numbers of the items that you agree
with.

BLANKENHORN:
For each of the 23?
BOIES:
Yes.
(Brief pause.)

BLANKENHORN:
Number one, yes.
Number two, yes.
Number three, yes.
Number four, yes.
Number five, yes.
Number six, yes.
Number seven, yes.
Number eight, no.
Number nine, no.
Number 10, yes.
Number 11, yes.

Number 12, I don't know.
Number 13, no.
Number 14, no.
Number 15, yes.
Number 16, I don't know.
Number 17, no.
Number 18, yes.
Number 19, yes.
Number 20, I don't know.
Number 21, I don't know.
Number 22, yes.
Number 23, I don't know.

BOIES:
Okay. Thank you.
Now, I would like to publish this list and go through it, and both
identify those that you agree with and then ask you some questions about

some of the ones that you said you disagreed with.
Can I publish this up on the board?
(Document displayed)
Can you make it a little more readable by making some of the ones we are

going to deal with first larger?
The first point that you agreed with was that:

\u201cSame-sex marriage would meet the stated needs and desires of lesbian and
gay couples who want to marry. In so doing, it would improve the happiness
and well-being of gay and lesbian individuals, couples and family
members."

BLANKENHORN:
I said "many," "many gay and lesbian individuals, couples and family
members."

BOIES:
I misread that. Let me just read it to be clear:

"Same-sex marriage would meet the stated needs and desires of lesbian and
gay couples who want to marry. In so doing, it would improve the happiness
and well-being of many gay and lesbian individuals, couples, and family
members."

The second positive consequence that you agreed with was:

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