SCRIPT #6 WILLIAM TAM: IS LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION NEXT?

(PLAINTIFFS' HOSTILE WITNESS)
Testimony as given in U.S. District Court on January 21, 2010

Speaking: DR. HAK-SHING WILLIAM TAM DAVID BOIES Props needed: TWO BOUND GROUPINGS OF PAPERS. NOTE: SCRIPTS CAN SERVE AS THESE PAPERS.

  TO BE READ ALOUD: Hear ye, hear ye! The following is a re-enactment of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the Prop 8 trial heard in U.S. District Court. Dr. HakShing William Tam, an official proponent of Prop 8, is under crossexamination by the plaintiffs’ lawyer David Boises. 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’ ATTORNEY: Now, do you believe that homosexuals are 12 times more likely to molest children? Do you believe that? HAK-SHING WILLIAM TAM, OFFICIAL PROPONENT OF PROPOSITION 8: Yeah, based on the different literature that I've read. BOIES: Oh. And what literature have you read, sir, that says that? TAM: Uhm, I've read what is posted here. BOIES: And what is it? Tell me what it is that you read. TAM: I don't remember now. BOIES: Who -- who authored it? TAM: Some from…apparently…academic papers. BOIES: What academic papers, sir? TAM: I don't remember. BOIES: Well, do you remember any of them? TAM: No. BOIES:    

  Was it in a -- a journal, or was it in a book that you read? TAM: Some could be news. Some could be from journals. BOIES: It could be. I'm not asking you what it could be. You told me you'd read something that said that homosexuals were 12 times more likely to molest children. You told me that, right? TAM: Yes. BOIES: Okay. Now, I'm asking you what you read. Was it a book? TAM: I don't remember. BOIES: Was it an article? TAM: I don't remember. BOIES: Who wrote it? TAM: I don't know. BOIES: Okay, sir. Let me ask you to turn, next, to Plaintiffs' Exhibit 513. TAM: Okay. BOIES: And this is something that you wrote during the campaign for Proposition 8. Correct, sir? TAM: Yes. BOIES: And the heading is, "What If We Lose," correct? TAM:    

  Yes. BOIES: And what you meant was, what if we lose Proposition 8, correct? TAM: Yes. BOIES: And you say that: "If Proposition 8 does not pass, they," whoever that is, "will lose no time pushing the gay agenda." Do you see that? TAM: Yes. BOIES: And you say: "The San Francisco city government is under the rule of homosexuals." Do you see that? TAM: Yes. BOIES: Did you believe that, sir? TAM: Yes, I believed that. BOIES: Who are the homosexuals that San Francisco is under the rule of? TAM: Uhm, at that time, supervisor Tom Ammiano was a supervisor there. BOIES: And there was also a mayor, right? TAM: Yes. BOIES: The mayor was a homosexual, was he, according to you? TAM: I don't think so. BOIES: You don't think so? No, I don't think so either, actually. So if you knew    

  the mayor wasn't homosexual, why are you telling people in part of the Proposition 8 campaign that San Francisco is under the rule of homosexuals? TAM: Uhm, well, you see, Mayor Newsom passed out the same-sex marriage licenses in 2004. And if he is not a friend of them, why would he do that? BOIES: When you say that San Francisco was under the rule of homosexuals, did you mean San Francisco was under the rule of heterosexuals that were friends of homosexuals? Is that what you meant? TAM: Could be. BOIES: Could be. TAM: Yeah, you know, I'm not a lawyer. I don't write things so specifically, you know--that well-defined. BOIES: Okay. TAM: Now you're trying to use your legal arguments to pinpoint me in something that I said that -- that is sometimes I think it's beyond my original intent. BOIES: Well, let's see, as we go through this, how you use words. You go on to say that: "After legalizing same-sex marriages they want to legalize prostitution." Do you see that? TAM: Yes. BOIES: Did you think the people who were opposing Proposition 8 wanted to legalize prostitution? TAM: Uhm, that was a Proposition K at that time, on the San Francisco ballot. And I saw several homosexual politicians, they supported that. So I draw from that-–from their support--that they want to legalize prostitution.  

 

  BOIES: But that didn't have anything to do with Proposition 8; did it, sir? TAM: No. BOIES: No, it didn't. And you knew that at the time, didn't you? You knew that Proposition K was entirely separate from Proposition 8? TAM: Yeah. BOIES: And didn't have anything to do with one another, right? TAM: Right. BOIES: You knew that? TAM: Right. BOIES: But, nevertheless, you said: "After legalizing same-sex marriage, they want to legalize prostitution." That's what you wrote here, right? TAM: Yes. BOIES: You then go on to say: "What will be next? On their agenda list is legalizing having sex with children." Do you see that? TAM: Uh-huh. BOIES: And that's what you told people to try to convince them to vote yes on Proposition 8, correct? TAM: Yes.

 

 

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